Posted by: rearadmiral | May 5, 2017

5/5 A fifth of Jane…/darcy-swipes-left-jane-auste…/

Darcy Swipes Left by Jane Austen & Courtney Carbone – Margie’s Must Reads
I have never LOLed 😂 😂😂 so hard reading a book 📚 like EVER!! I was LMAO from page 📖…

By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times arts critic
Historian David M. Shapard, who has devoted countless years of his life to the vast project of meticulously annotating every Jane Austen novel, is all about the details. His sixth and final work, “The Annotated Mansfield Park,” was just published this month by Penguin Random House. It is — insert a delicately Austen-like raising of the eyebrows — 885 pages long, with 2,300 annotations; many of them delightful in their earnestly informative way. A few tidbits I enjoyed:
• A “ha-ha” is a sunken fence, developed in the 18th century for the landscaped grounds of grand houses, designed to keep livestock away from the grass while not interfering with the view. The name may have arisen “because people could see the trench only when they were almost on top of it, leading to surprised exclamations of ‘ha-ha!’”
• Austen once wrote in a letter that she rather liked serving as a chaperon (one who watches dancing at a ball to make sure “nothing improper occurs”) because “I am put on the Sofa near the Fire & can drink as much wine as I like.”
• Wigs for men “had ceased to be fashionable in the 1790s, but they were still often worn by coachmen.”
• Until the late 18th century brought cups with handles, tea was served in bowllike dishes. The term “dish of tea” lingered, “especially among those, like Mrs. Price, who were less affluent and thus slower to purchase items in the newer style.”
• Pug dogs, introduced into Europe in the 17th century by Dutch traders who found them in Asia, were very popular pets among wealthy Englishwomen in the late 18th century; a dictionary written in 1780 gives one of the two definitions of “pug” as “anything tenderly loved.”
• If one wished to write a letter, one would need not just paper and pen, but an inkwell and a “pounce pot,” for sprinkling a sandlike substance onto the wet ink to help it dry.
• Woe betide those with short necks, as they were considered to be at special risk for apoplexy (the term used for sudden seizure or stroke). A medical guide from 1820 noted that “the short-necked, the indolent, and such as are apt to indulge in full meals of animal food, and the free use of spirituous and vinous liquors, are generally its victims.”
• A green goose, alas, refers not to an emerald-colored fowl but an undercooked one, or a young one.
• Negus, a fortifying warm drink consumed at balls, consisted of “boiling water, wine, calves-foot jelly, lemon and spices.” Bottoms up!…/mind-the-ha-ha-and-other-gem…/

Mind the ha-ha, and other gems from ‘The Annotated Mansfield Park’
David M. Shapard has produced a nearly 900-page edition of the Jane Austen novel, complete with…

“The pianoforte’s arrival in Highbury is an essential ingrediant in the book’s carefully structured plot…to our present way of thinking, the secrecy about Jane Fairfax’s engagement to Frank Churchill seems absurd and unnecessary, it is the ‘detective story’ element introduced by that secret into the novel which intrigues everyone reading it for the first time, and which continues to interest and amuse even those whose frequent rereadings of it have given them an ever increasing delight in the technical brilliance and the subtlety of the characterization displayed in this, the most perfect of Jane Austen’s masterpieces.”
-pg 110 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: A study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon London 1979

Found via JASNA-Iowa!…/discussing-jane-austens-tale…

Discussing Jane Austen’s talent and legacy on the 200th anniversary of her death
On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Olivia Kelleher, talks to Trinity lecturer Daragh Downes about the woman, her talent and her legacy

“She was typical of many amateurs in that she liked, above all things, to play what she already knew well(AiB: this is so me)…….Nevertheless, her solitary hours at the keyboard, though they have been musically unadventurous, were very valuable to her as a relaxation, and if, as had been conjectured, they may have acted as some kind of ‘trigger’ for her imagination, helping her to organize and plan before committing it to paper, then their place in her life as an artist has a special significance, and the question of what she played becomes of much less importance than the fact that the very act of playing contributed something to her greatness as a writer.”
-pg 164 Patrick Piggott “The Innocent Diversion: a study of Music in the life and writings of Jane Austen” Douglas Cleverdon London 1979

“The greater the number of dancers involved, the longer the set. Catherine Morland speaks of a dance of ‘half an hour’, but longer dances of up to an hour were not unknown. In a large assembly, it was especially important to secure a pleasant partner as you were stuck with that person for a very long time(image a whole hour with Mr Collins as your partner!).”
-pg 102 Susannah Fullerton “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and her Characters went to the Ball” Frances Lincoln Limited 2012

Found via JASNA-North Texas and others.
One of the better lists I’ve seen.…/50-books-love-jane-…/

50 Books To Read if you Love Jane Austen | The Silver Petticoat Review
If you adore everything about Jane Austen novels, here are 50 other book recommendations to check out. From classics, contemporary, to even a little Sci-Fi.

“Reminiscences are not, of course, the preserve of the very elderly. Everybody has a past, and is witness to change. Two women who are far from old, yet are twelve years older than when they last saw each other, are Anne Elliot and her former schoolfriend Miss Hamilton. When they encounter one another again after twelve years’ separation they have the pleasure of indulging in the ‘the interesting charm of remembering former partialities and talking over old times’……”
-pg 51 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale

Deborah Barnum shared a link to the group: Jane Austen in Vermont – JASNA Vermont Region.
April 30 at 10:34am ·
Dining with Jane Austen –

Julienne Gehrer Invites Us to Dine with Jane Austen / Guest Post
Readers of Jane Austen’s novels are certainly familiar with her characters, settings, and plots. After all, 200 years since her death, readers all over the…

“Catch the dramatic and narrative subtlety of what Austen is doing as Fanny turns away from us and we indeed catch her in what Virginia Woolf called ‘the act of greatness.’ Characteristically, this moment of audacious fictional experiment is also an instance of the most perfect reticence”.
-pg 320 John Mullan “What Matters in Jane Austen” Bloomsbury Press

“Her tender but practical concern for two younger nephews, Edward and George, who were at boarding school at the time of their mother’s death, and who went to stay for a few days with Mrs Austen and Jane, show what a good mother she would have made.
The same is true of certain heroines. Anne Elliot is more consistent, more capable and much less selfish in her management of her nephews than their mother. Emma Woodhouse avoids her sister Isabell’s tendency to overprotect her children and dose them with unnecessary medicine…Mr Knightley, uncle to the same brood, observes that he and she never disagree where the children are concerned; he praises Emma’s behaviour as an aunt as being ‘guided by nature’. This promises well for their own future family life. He is probably not aware that he is assessing Emma as a mother for his children, but subconsciously it must be adding to his reasons for wanting her as his life.” -pg 67 Maggie Lane “Growing Older with Jane Austen” Robert Hale
Photos: Emma 09(of course!) and
Paper Ships: An Austen Inspired Flotilla
The Jane Austen Centre
Anne Elliot entertains her nephews with paper ships (Persuasaion, 1995).

Chaucer Doth Tweet (@LeVostreGC) tweeted:
Several book-bynderes have started a rock groupe.
Yt ys a cover band.



  1. A new Pride and Prejudice class starts at Lexington Community Education, five Tuesday evenings beginning May 16.
    I’ve spent many years studying, writing about and teaching Pride and Prejudice. As a licensed psychotherapist and author of a half dozen self-help books, I have a great deal of psychological perspectives to offer about the characters —and a lot of informative handouts. We also spend the last 3/4 hour of each class watching and comparing key film clips from four of the films, and our discussions are always enlightening!. My focus is on both Darcy and Elizabeth’s process self-transformation but we focus on other characters as well, and family dynamics. Tracy Marks


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