Posted by: rearadmiral | May 22, 2013

Barbara Pym joins the book party and….

For her 100th bday, Barbara Pym has joined the book schedule in August with “Excellent Women”. Sept and Oct are open. Suggestions welcome!—_again/

*New Event! 6/30 Abigail Adams house re-opens in North Weymouth! Also, North and South(part 2, part 1 was at lovely Borderlands this past Sunday) can be discussed if there is interest!

*7/21 is leading the Persuasion in Salem vote!

“Lucy said that this was most kind, and at once opened the Baedeker, to see where Santa Croce was.

“Tut, tut! Miss Lucy! I hope we shall soon emancipate you from Baedeker. He does but touch the surface of things. As to the true Italy–he does not even dream of it. The true Italy is only to be found by patient observation.”
E.M. Forster (A Room with a View)

“Emma is not altogether mistaken in that this ‘offering of love’, the piano, heightens Jane’s emotions and increases her difficulties in about the same proportion: it is very characteristic of Frank that this expression of his passion simultaneously destroys the peace of his object” – pg137 John Wiltshire “Jane Austen and The Body”

Interesting comments about Dame Laura Knight, I’m looking forward to seeing Hattie Morahan’s portrayal of her in “Summer in Feb”.

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

I read this one in advance of the movie, which I hope will play in the US very soon after it premieres in the UK(6/14). Alas, the last thing I read about it is that there isn’t a US distributor yet. Looking forward to Dan Stevens and Hattie Morahan in it. They do not play a couple but good friends. The book, yes…um well…very interesting story, some lovely moments…and an awful unhappy ending. As the book is based on real events, I guess it had to be that way… I understand that the movie script is written by the author, so no happy ending in the movie either.

3.75 regency teacups

“Such were Elizabeth Elliot’s sentiments and sensations; such the cares to alloy, the agitations to vary, the sameness and the elegance, the prosperity and the nothingness of her scene of life. . .”

Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 1

From Bingley’s Teas

Do you make iced tea from your Jane Austen Tea Series Teas? Have you tried cold steeping? Place appropriate tea : water ratio in fridge- white/green teas for 5 hours, black teas overnight. More flavor, no bitterness especially for green and white tea. Pour a little into ice cube trays with edible flowers, fruit or cream and freeze to use in your glass so tea doesn’t get diluted.

They were gradually acquainted, and when acquainted, rapidly and
deeply in love. It would be difficult to say which had seen
highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest:
she, in receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in
having them accepted.

~ Persuasion, Jane Austen

Anyone still reading this post???

“Jane Austen and The Body” by John Wiltshire

3.5 Regency Teacups

I have met John Wiltshire three times at JASNA MA. He is quite a courteous gentleman. So, I had really hoped to love this book. The Introduction was quite difficult to read. It concerns certain theories about the body and the critical tradition concerning Jane Austen. There are five chapters in the book. 1) Sense, sensibility and the proofs of affection 2)’Eloquent blood’: the coming out of Fanny Price 3) Emma: the picture of health 4)Persuasion: the pathology of everyday life and 5)Sanditon: the enjoyments of invalidism. Yes, no chapter on P&P, although it does get mentioned here and there. I enjoyed the Emma and Sanditon chapters the most. There are many interesting points in book. Alas, I had difficulty following some of the theories and statements. He seemed very determined to slam the theories of other critics, Tony Tanner for example.

“Mr Parker’s partner in the enterprise of Sanditon, to whom Charlotte is soon introduced, is the friendly local dowager Lady Denham, rich, but penny-pinching, one of Austen’s most vivid creations(she is far more memorable than, say, Lady Russell)…” pg 208

“The stridently healthy Lady Denham’s low opinion those she calls ‘the Tribe’ is shared, amusingly enough, by Mr Parker’s hypochondriac sister Diana….” pg 209

“Behind Jane Austen’s Door” by Jennifer Forest -Kindle Edition
4 Regency Teacups- A delightful light and breezy tour of a Regency house, room by room.

Short film on the dig at Steventon. Thank you Jane Odiwe!


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