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Regency Customs: I Won’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me ~ Using “Dance” As a Plot Device In Jane Austen’s Novels

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” (Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 3) During Austen’s time, young people looked for a potential mate at dances. Austen, herself, enjoyed a good dance, and, therefore, she often … Continue reading

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Do You Know Your Jane Austen Novels?

  Becoming Jane is an imaginative, romantic tale that captures Jane Austen’s spirit, while playing with the truth. Many of us on this site have written our own “what if” stories, and so, maybe, we might be able to suspend reality … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and the Concept of Accepting a Marriage of Convenience

Settling for the Compromise Marriage What hope was there for the dowerless daughters of the middle class during Jane Austen’s lifetime? Such is a topic Austen explored repeatedly in her novels. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet sought men of a like … Continue reading

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Austen’s Publishing History

Today is the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I thought in honor of the date we would take a quick look at the process of having her works published. Most of Austen’s story lines … Continue reading

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Oh, the Places You Will Go (Part 2)…the Settings for Jane Austen’s Novel

Sense and Sensibility Norland Park in Sussex – the Dashwood’s family estate Barton Park in Devonshire – home of Sir John Middleton Barton Cottage in Devonshire – home of the Dashwood women Delaford in Devonshire – home of Colonel Brandon … Continue reading

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Courtship During the Regency Period

Expectations placed on young people of the aristocracy and the gentry were quite high. A young man was “expected” to make a match that would bring wealth or position to his family name. First, a gentleman was often several years … Continue reading

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The Twelve Days of Jane Austen – Day 6

(Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the sixth day of Christams, Jane Austen gave to me Six Classic Novels F-i-v-e Bennet Sisters Four Abbey Tilneys Three Sailing Captains Two Dashing Colonels And a love for … Continue reading

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