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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.

Wit Beyond Measure Wit Beyond Measure - Elle Kammerer and Catrina Mayer

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

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.

    Meet the Gang at Mansfield Park

    Meet the Gang at Mansfield Park

    Mansfield Park Chapters 1-4

    Season 4 is all about the drama and scandal of Mansfield Park. In this episode, we meet all of the major players in this Austen novel.  We meet our heroine, Fanny Price, our hero Edmund Bertram,  his sisters Maria and Julia who give off major evil stepsister vibes, and the adults in the story, who really should be paying more attention, Sir and Lady Bertram and Mrs. Norris. If that sounds like a lot of backstory, you'd be right. 

    This week Elle and Catrina start off Mansfield Park by unraveling the tangle of backstory that is the first four chapters. There is a lot of information about the Bertrams, the Prices, and that sly Mrs. Norris. Luckily this is just setting the groundwork for some pretty scandalous behavior.

    Oh, also, Fuckboi alert!

     Wit Beyond Measure is part of the Folic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts 

    • 47 min
    Who are Mary and Henry Crawford?

    Who are Mary and Henry Crawford?

    Mansfield Park: Chapters 5-8

    There is something about this Mary Crawford and her fuckboi of a brother Henry. They are visitors from the city who are lauded as the height of sophistication and knowledge by the Bertram sisters. Mary Clearly has her eyes set on one of the Bertram brothers, while Henry finds himself flirting with the sisters. But, most egregiously, Mary keeps taking out Fanny's horse. 

    This week Elle and Catrina talk about the Crawfords and how they are integrating themselves into the party at Mansfield Park. Mary Crawford has a lot of opinions and somehow offends everyone, while still charming their pants off. While Henry revels in the attention he is getting from both Maria and Julia Bertram. We only get to see the beginning of the drama as Mary starts to pull Edmund's attention away from his poor cousin and Henry encourages Maria's flirting. 

    Also, who asks farmers to lend out their wagons during hay harvesting season? Rude much?

      Wit Beyond Measure is part of the Folic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts 

    • 55 min
    Scandal in the Shrubbery

    Scandal in the Shrubbery

    Mansfield Park: Chapters 9-13

    If you are looking for scandalous activities in Jane Austen novels, then these are the chapters for you! Bridgerton fans will love all this drama. While visiting Southerton, the Mansfield Park gang manages to separate themselves into pairs and find some hidden away places. Edmund and Mary leave Fanny to wander the woods. Maria and Henry send Mr. Rushworth away to find a key before heading out into the shrubbery alone. It all happens right in front of Fanny!

    This week Elle and Catrina talk about the drama and scandal that happens at Southerton. From Mary bad talking the church in front of Edmund to Julia getting to ride next to Henry on the way home, there is drama around every corner this week. 

    But the real question is, can Mary Crawford convince Edmund to leave the church?

    Wit Beyond Measure is part of the Folic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts 

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Lover's Vows Controversy

    Lover's Vows Controversy

    Mansfield Park: Chapters 14 - 18

    After much deliberation, the gang at Mansfield Park have finally decided on a play - Lover's Vows. This scandalous play causes a lot of drama around the house, especially between the Bertram sisters. What's more, it puts Edmund in a bit of a situation when he has to choose between standing his ground against the play and taking up a part to keep this scandal under wraps. 

    This week Catrina and Elle discuss how Henry Crawford tears apart Maria and Julia, Edmund's failing convictions, and why Mary Crawford might not be as devious as they previously thought. This episode has a lot of really juicy bits, and poor Fanny is right in the middle of all of it. 

    Oh, and Sir Thomas comes home... so that should be interesting next week.

    Wit Beyond Measure is part of the Folic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts  

    • 57 min
    The Return of Sir Thomas

    The Return of Sir Thomas

    Mansfield Park: Chapters 19-22

    From the beginning, Edmund wondered what would happen if his father found out about the play. Well, now we get to see it first hand because Sir Thomas has returned to Mansfield Park. This changes everything. What will become of the Maria, Henry, Mr. Rushworth love triangle? Will Edmund officially become a clergyman, or has Mary convinced him otherwise? How will life change at the park now that Sir Thomas is back?

    This week Elle and Catrina discuss the goings-on at the park. We dissect Maria's interesting decision about her marriage. Henry's classless response to Sir Thomas' return. Fanny and Mary's new, and somewhat forced friendship. This week is certainly setting us up for an interesting second act.

    Also, Mrs. Norris can literally talk herself out of anything. 

     Wit Beyond Measure is part of the Folic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts 

    • 51 min
    A Guest at Mansfield Park

    A Guest at Mansfield Park

    Mansfield Park: Chapters 23- 26

    Fanny has finally been invited to dinner all on her own - well, except Edmund was also invited, but that isn't the point. While Fanny is nervous about her dinner at the Grants, she is excited, until she sees a familiar barouche outside. Henry Crawford is back, and he has a devilish little plan for Fanny. But when an unexpected guest arrives at the Park, everything seems to shift a little and no one seems to be sure of their feelings. 

    This week Elle and Catrina discuss everything from dinner at the Grants to the arrival of William Price - which results in another dinner at the Grants. They talk about how Edmund and Mary's stubbornness is what is truly keeping them apart, how rude Mrs. Norris really is, and this new relationship between Henry and Fanny. 

    What's more, Elle decides that Jane Austen is just flat out lying about Henry Crawford's feelings on a certain lady.

     Wit Beyond Measure is part of the Folic Podcast Network. You can find more outstanding podcasts to subscribe to at Frolic.media/podcasts  

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

Cutiejdawg1234 ,

Book Club on the Go

Great review and banter! I enjoy the analysis of the book, historical connections, and insights. It’s like I’m participating in a book club that fits on my time.

KayPeeWho ,

Fantastic

A fun analysis podcast for any fans of Austen or period dramas! Loving the insight I’m getting for one of my favorite books!

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