Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Letter #4: Period Drama Advice Event

Here is the final letter for the Period Drama Advice Event. We have just received a letter from a Doctor Harrison (Cranford)*

*Note: This letter was originally written by Miss Laurie from Old-Fashioned Charm for the Jane Austen Advice Column that was apart of Jane Austen Week.

Dear Jane Austen Advice Column,
My name is Frank Harrison. I am a medical doctor and have recently taken up a new post in the small town of Cranford where I assist the elderly Dr. Morgan by attending some of his numerous patients. Cranford is a bit of an oddity where the women reign supreme (not unlike amazons!), careless of new fashions and fearful of change. I've already had to rid my wardrobe of a particularly handsome red jacket because Dr. Morgan told me the ladies of Cranford would think it fanciful. But on the whole I had found the residents of Cranford very welcoming until today when many things unseen to my eye came to a head. Upon my arrival here one of my first visits was to the vicarage where I met Reverend Hutton and his lovely daughter Miss Sophy Hutton. She is an angel! and I was making strides to ask if I might court her when her young brother Walter fell ill and despite all of the methods of modern medicine I applied soon died. You may well imagine what a rift this caused between the young lady and myself and yet I loved her more each day. Quite a few months later Miss Hutton came to trust me again and I was bold enough to ask her father if I might court her. What happiness when he gave his permission! Our courtship was going on so well until this afternoon while attending the town's May festival, it came to the attention of the whole town that two other ladies felt themselves as good as engaged to me! Miss Tompkinson is a spinsterish young lady who lives with her sister in town and though I have attended her many times for palpitations and other maladies I was never aware of having shown her any other interest than that of a doctor to his patient. Likewise Mrs. Rose, who is my widowed housekeeper, seems to think that I have shown signs of love for her, which I never have done! The worst of the matter was seeing my dear Sophy stricken with horror at my supposed unfaithfulness and see her directed away by her father. I am in a state of shock from which I shall not soon recover! Please tell me dear sir or madam, what am I to do!?!
Desperate for advice,
Dr. Frank Harrison

 God Bless,
 God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet


  1. I had lots of fun writing this letter.

    Mr. Woodhouse (and Emma!) writing to Frank Harrison


  2. I'm glad you were able to use Dr. Harrison's letter. I love the photo of Dr. Harrison that you used!

    I put my two answers in one post:

    Dr. Frank Harrison (Cranford)

    Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey)
    Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)

    Post: http://old-fashionedcharm.blogspot.com/2012/04/letters-from-miss-thorpe-mr-darcy.html

  3. I've recently discovered your fantastic site and I am delighted to enter. I had so much fun doing this!

    I've written three answers (to make up for not entering before!)

    Mr Tite Barnacle Junior (Little Dorrit)
    Miss Marianne Dashwood (Sense & Sensibility)
    Mr George Wickham (Pride & Prejudice)

    Link: http://somersaultingthroughlife.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/period-drama-advice-event/

    Somersaulting Through Life :)


Thank you for visiting Elegance of Fashion. If you wish to leave a comment, please do. I ask that you refrain from bad language and are polite and constructive. If you are posing under "Anonymous", if you could leave a name, that would be great! I reserve the right to delete any comments that I deem family unfriendly.

Thank you very much and please come again.