Posted by: rearadmiral | April 28, 2017

4/28 End of April showers

From Boston College Arts Fest:
“The Jane Austen – Edgar Allan Poe Smackdown
The gloves come off in this 60-minute rumble as Elizabeth Bennet finally meets her match in Madeline Usher and ravens fly over Pemberley!”
A fun Boston College Arts Fest event yesterday. Austen vs Poe Smackdown! Lol, the judge decided to award prizes to both sides as he wanted “…to get out of this alive. I’ve got a car running just outside the door”.
3 of 4 Austen slides are shown. The 4th was from Anne Elliot’s conversation with Captain Harville.

“The Importance of Aunts”
Jane Austen herself became an aunt at the age of seventeen to two nieces born very close together; Edward’s daughter Fanny and James’s daughter Anna. Though her tally of nephews and nieces went on growing through the rest of her life – she had twenty-five at the time of her death, and two great-nieces – she was always particularly fond of Fanny and Anna, who both love their mothers. Fanny turned to Aunt Jane for advice with her love life, Anna for criticism of the novel she was writing. Fanny, who had to mother her ten younger siblings, was dutiful, while Anna, who had to contend with a difficult stepmother from an early age, was wayward.” pg 66, Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale

“All this, as they dance their steps so correctly and well that Sir William Lucas interrupts to congratulate them on Darcy’s ‘very superior dancing’ and the elegance of his partner. It is no mean feat for them both to dance well as they participate in this verbal dual.
What is also intriguing about this scene is that Darcy and Elizabeth appear to be almost alone on the dance floor. Sir William intrudes briefly, and there is a passing mention of Jane and Bingley dancing together nearby, but so strong is the focus of hero and heroine on each other that other dancers seem to fade away. No one else matters, and this sense of their solitariness within a crowd emphasizes the fact that there is no room in their minds at this time for anyone else. Each is totally taken up with the other. It is moments such as these that make their eventual love for each other so convincing.”
-pg 128 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012…/…/issue-11-aunt-jane

Issue 11: Aunt Jane
Jane Austen was many things – writer, daughter, beloved sister and friend, and also an aunt to over thirty nieces and nephews! Editor Emily Prince discusses Jane’s aunthood.

“Jane Austen, herself a supremely great artist, was unlikely to produce slovenly work of any kind, least of all work involving the use of her pen, and this is nowhere more evident than in her volumes of exquisitely-copied manuscript music. They are, in their way, as clearly and elegantly written as the tragically few extant manuscripts of her mature literary works.”
-pg 131 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion…”

One of the vergers in Winchester Cathedral in the middle of the nineteenth century was very puzzled why so many people enquired for the grave of Jane Austen. Was there, he asked, ‘anything particular about that lady?’…..Today(this was written in 1969!-AiB) probably more people seek the tomb of Jane Austen in the Cathedral than that of any other person associated with Winchester. Then, it was one monument among many which extolled the merits of the departed, today, it is the goal of many a pilgrimage of lovers of English literature.” -pg 1 “Jane Austen in Winchester” by Frederick Bussby

“Nowhere in Jane Austen’s fiction is any ball described in such detail and at such length as the one held on Tuesday 13 October at D.’s White Hart Inn in The Watsons. It is the subject of the novel’s opening line, it is well discussed…..The ball is, of course, Emma Watson’s ‘debut’, her ‘coming out’ in the town of D. ….”
-pg43 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012



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