Now, here is something fun to get you past hump day with a true Austen experience: a video of Greg Wise, who played the cad Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility, reading the letter scene from Persuasion. (Did I just use Austen’s name and “hump day” in the same sentence? Oh no! I’ve done it again!)
Billed as a “more seductive coffee break,” the Carte Noire Readers website–apparently subsidized by a coffee company and Penguin Classics–features several British actors reading classic love scenes (from Penguin Classic editions, of course) in romantic setting and with a tempting wink. And a mug of steaming coffee set nearby. While many will appreciate the view of Mr. Wise reading, I much prefered to imagine the scene instead. I confess listened without watching.
But oh, to have such a person read a snipped from Charlotte Collins!
Enjoy your Austen Experience, even if it lasts only duration of a coffee break.