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What Happens When Curious George Meets Jane Austen?

By Expatgermany @Laurel_Robbins

What is it about monkeys that draws us to them? You can be sure, where there are monkeys there will be camera wielding people.

Growing up in the U.S. I am strictly accustomed to viewing monkeys in zoos, separated by a glass partition. Because of this geographical restriction, I always jump at every non-caged monkey viewing opportunity.

My favorite monkey sightings thus far have been in the Malaysian Borneo Jungle and atop a mountain in Kyoto, Japan.

As a child I was also drawn to the fun and antics of Curious George. Along with other books, his adventures inspired me and were a significant part of my literary childhood. As I grew I became an avid fan of everything Jane Austen. My family became exhausted by my habit of quoting Miss Austen in response to their questions. I was the kid that got in trouble for reading too much (when I was supposed to be doing other things). I am positive that Jane Austen shares my love of monkeys (don’t ask me to prove it, I just have a feeling).

A thought struck me as I was riding a river boat in Borneo, catching glimpses of these curious and cute creatures. What would happen if Curious George became a fan of Jane Austen as well?

Let’s find out!

Photo of a cute baby monkey

Monkey photo by Mikaela, from A Place Like Me In A Girl Like This.

“It’s been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.”


Monkey being groomed by another monkey

Monkey photo by Mikaela, from A Place Like Me In A Girl Like This

“Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.”

Picture of a monkey trying to start a motorbike!

Monkey photo by Mikaela.

 “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek it abroad.”


Apparently it is possible for our little primate friends to enter into the world of Austen. I have a feeling Jane and George would be the best of mischievous friends!

Can you guess which Austen novels these quotes are from?

Bio: Mikaela is the blogger behind A Place Like Me In A Girl Like This. She is a serial expat and suffers from a severe case of wanderlust. Join her on Facebook as she weaves her tapestry of travel, language, and literature around the world.

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