Wit Beyond Measure

Wit Beyond Measure

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader in possession of Austen novels must be in want of a podcast. Hosts Catrina and Elle are lit majors who love reading these books through a modern and historic lens.


September 29, 2020 5 mins

Hi! We are Wit Beyond Measure, a Jane Austen podcast where hosts Catrina and Elle talk everything Austen. Here is a brief introduction to the podcast. Let us introduce ourselves and let you know what you can expect from this podcast. As literature and history lovers, we are excited to step into Austen's world with you as we read through her published works.

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Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 1-7

Our first episode discusses the beginning of Pride and Prejudice. We meet the famed Bennet family and begin to get an understanding for who each family member is as a character, where they are in society, and how they might progress throughout the novel. We also take a look into the sociology-economic landscape of Austen’s regency England. 

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October 7, 2020 62 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 8-12

Pardon our recording quality! We are still new to this whole recording process and because of that, this episode - being only our second episode - is not up to our quality standards. Please be kind as this isn't how future episodes will sound.

In this episode we look at what it means to be a guest, a host, and an "accomplished lady" in the world of Pride and Prejudice. We get to see h...

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October 13, 2020 69 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 13-18

This episode includes a visit from Mr. Collins, a long-lost relative whose intentions are more than they seem, the arrival of Wickham, a dashing officer who quickly captures our fair Lizzy's heart, and the long-awaited Netherfield ball... wait, Darcy can dance?!  Let's discuss polite dissing, how one-sided stories can spread doubt throughout a small town, and of course, the propriety of ...

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October 21, 2020 70 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 19-24

If you haven't heard enough about Mr. Collins, this is the episode where he really "shines." Yes, we've finally get to discuss the infamous proposal of Mr Collins to Lizzy Bennet. Probably one of the most iconic scenes of Pride and Prejudice, followed by one of the best lines in all of the books. While completely cringe-worthy in itself, this proposal sets up so much of what fo...

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November 8, 2020 74 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 25 - 33

A lot happens to the Bennet sisters between Christmas and Easter. Both Jane and Lizzy go on a trip. Jane gets a pretty cold welcome in London by Miss Bingley and Mrs Hurst. Lizzy, on the other hand, is welcomed by the newly-wed Collins family. We finally meet Lady Catherine in person. But what is this? Mr. Darcy and his dashing cousin Col. Fitzwilliam decide to visit Rosings while Lizzy is there...

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November 8, 2020 68 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 34 - 40


Darcy has proven that he is an awkward man, but nothing is more awkward than his proposal to Elizabeth. Full of declarations of love and insults to her family. How romantic? Of course, Lizzy takes this opportunity to tell Mr. Darcy off. This conversation prompts a decidedly long letter what causes Lizzy a bit of an existential crisis.

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November 11, 2020 79 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 41- 45

Lizzy Bennet finally gets to see the estate she could have been the mistress of - and she starts to regret her decision. She is in awe of the grounds, and so are we. Let's just say that Pemberly is better at flirting than Mr. Darcy.

While on vacation with the Gardiners, her really cool aunt and uncle from London, the three of them decide to go to the famous Pemberly. As you might expect, Lizz...

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November 18, 2020 83 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 46-51

Ungovernable Lydia + Sketchy Wickham = Trouble for the Bennets

Letters, letters, letters. So. Many. Letters! Why, you ask? Because Lydia has  absconded with Wickham in the night! (GASP) She believes she’s going to Scotland to be married to him, but there's no proof of this and the structure of the Bennet’s domesticity is destabilized.  

Lizzy’s trip is cut short, Mrs. Bennet is teetering on the...

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November 25, 2020 61 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 52- 56

We finally have one, everyone! We finally have a proper and welcomed proposal! It's taken a while to get here, but at least someone knows what they are doing.

But first - we have the most tea ever spilled in an Austen novel. Lizzy hears back from her aunt about WTF happened at Lydia's wedding. Why was Darcy there? Well, turns out, he did a lot more than just attend the nuptials. Lets jus...

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December 2, 2020 40 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 56 - End

We have finally made it to the end of this amazing book! We have so much to say that we had to break episode 10 into two different parts! In part 1 we have a showdown between the Queen of Slay, Lady Catherine, and fan favorite, Lizzy Bennet. These two heavy weights battle at Longbourn about the potential marriage of Mr. Darcy. Lady Catherine doesn't hold anything back, but Lizzy Bennet hol...

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December 2, 2020 52 mins

Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 56 - End

This is part 2 of episode 10, so make sure you go back and listen to part 1 - unless you want to start in the middle of our convo, we won't judge.

Mr. Darcy has returned to Longbourn and Lizzy is both excited and extremely nervous. The two manage to get some alone time together - finally - and Mr. Darcy finally becomes the romantic hero we have wanted to see this entire book. Prepare to swo...

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Our review of Pride and Prejudice as a whole.

Catrina examines the idea of marriage and marital advice, while Elle explains how this is actually a YA novel in their end reviews of Pride and Prejudice. We also discuss the idea of putting this book on a pedestal and how it might hurt first time readers. We also poke fun at how English majors think we are better than everyone else cuz we read big books - don't @ us!

Plus, superlati...

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December 23, 2020 8 mins

Happy Holidays! To celebrate the season, Catrina and Elle have created a couple of special Pride and Prejudice themed specials just for you! Enjoy the 12 days of Pride and Prejudice Christmas and Lizzy's Night before Christmas. 

See you all in 2021! 

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Firth or Macfadyen? Knightley or Ehle? Empire waists or relaxed styles? Which is your favorite, the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series, or the 2005 Joe Wright Pride and Prejudice film?

Catrina and Elle discuss these two film adaptations of Austen's popular work. They discuss their favorite parts, their least favorite parts, and what each did well. Don't worry, this isn't a cut throat fight propping up ...

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Who's your Darcy? Do you prefer a 6-part mini series, or a gorgeous romantic period film? Which is your favorite, the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series, or the 2005 Joe Wright Pride and Prejudice film?

This is the second half of Catrina and Elle's discussion of these two film adaptations. They continue to discuss their favorite parts, their least favorite parts, and what each did well. While there isn&apos...

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January 18, 2021 53 mins

This week Catrina and Elle take a look at Pride and Prejudice from a different point of view. Well, actually, two different points of view. We have moved on from film adaptations to looking at a few book adaptations. 

Catrina tackled "The Other Bennet Sister" by Janice Hadlow. This novel takes readers through most of the events of Pride and Prejudice through Mary Bennet's point of view. However, this book go...

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February 2, 2021 65 mins

This week Catrina and Elle read two Pride and Prejudice modern adaptations. One a modern romance set in Cincinnati, and the other a Young Adult novel in Bushwick. 

Elle reads the rom-com, Bachelor inspired retelling Eligible. It follows Liz Bennet in her late 30's as she deals with her family drama, a reality show star arriving in town, and her sister's pregnancy. To top it off, she runs into a prideful new surge...

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February 16, 2021 67 mins

 This week Catrina and Elle discuss two Pride and Prejudice adaptations that feature a multicultural point of view. One follows Ayesha Shamsi in a modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice love story set in Canada. The other is the story of Trisha Raje, an Indian-American story of family and love set in San Fransisco.

Catrina shares her reading of Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaludin. Elle raves about Pride and Prejudice and Other...

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March 2, 2021 2 mins

Find  out which Jane Austen book Elle and Catrina will be reading next!

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