Posted by: rearadmiral | April 14, 2017

4/14 Mid-April Jane Notes…..

Found via Margaret C. Sullivan, who says…..
“Jane’s needlework was exquisite. As a needleworker myself, I appreciate that, the same way that, as a writer, I appreciate her words.”

“All the private dances held in Sense and Sensibility are at the home of Sir John and Lady Middleton. Jane Austen uses these occasions, which she does not describe in any detail, to illustrate character. Sir John Middleton is a sportsman, but as he cannot hunt every day of the year, he also gives parties: ‘he delighted in collecting about him more young people than his house would hold, and the noise they were the better was he pleased…..Sir John’s generosity and kindness to the Dashwood women is in strong contrast to the cold meanness of the relatives they have just left behind at Norland. This John’s hospitable parties highlight the parsimony of the novel’s other John, John Dashwood.”
pg63-64 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited
Note: As 1995 S&S doesn’t have a Lady Middleton, I’ve included Mrs Jennings and Sir John(Robert Hardy) instead.

“It is only the sea that dances in Sanditon. The unfinished manuscript never once mentions balls or even the activity on dancing – all those invalids have other physical concerns on their minds. Perhaps, had Jane Austen lived to complete it, she would have included a dance scene and depicted Charlotte Heywood with Sidney Parker. Or Mr Parker might have come to realize that providing an assembly room for young people would do far more to attract visitors to the town than would a library or fashionable doctor.” -pg 138 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited

I believe Comm. Shakes. is performing this little one this summer on the Common.
Lost Opinions
April 11 at 1:57am ·
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, a pair of star-cross’d lovers exchange emails

Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club
April 9, 2013 ·
Sir Edward Pellew of A&E’s Hornblower series!!

“…he heard at the same time that Charles may be in England in the course of a month.–SIR EDWARD PELLEW succeeds Lord Gambier in his command….” JA to Cassandra Austen Thursday April 18, 1811

Since Jane’s grave is shown at the 2.09 mark, I feel no guilt in sharing this one….dedicated on this date in 1093…maybe…

New Vaudeville Band Winchester Cathedral
Yeah, it’s catchy! Hey, because you’re a nice guy, I’ll give you something from the 60s funny to listen to: The Ballad of Irving, by Frank Gallup.

“Elizabeth was sorry for Mary, and regretted her interference, but it must be admitted that is was splendidly deflating utterance and one would not have it unsaid for the world. How often, when bored to tears by the efforts of some self-satisfied musician(nowadays it is contemporary composers, rather than performers, who are usually the culprits), one longs to quote, in ringing tones, Mr Bennet’s immortal phrases.”
-pg 55 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon

“In Jane Austen’s multiple layers of meaning, the Boar is the entail, which comes into force with Mr. Bennet’s death and which is personified in his heir, Rev. Mr. Collins. We have here what is perhaps the most striking mythic ambiguity in the book: Mr. Collins is both the Boar and the Bore(and his clerical status adds a further though unexploited element of traditional ritualism). Mr. Collins is in fact the axis of several polarities”.
-pg 105 Douglas Bush “The Overwrought Urn” a potpourri of parodies of critics who triumphantly present the real meaning of authors from Jane Austen to J.D. Salinger” Edited by Charles Kaplan Pegasus, NY


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