Miss Manners Channels Miss Austen

 
In today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 24), Miss Manners (a.k.a. Judith Martin), our favorite advice-giver, tackles the tricky question of courtship now and then (the Regency era, of course). We offer a link to Miss Manners’ observations in the hope that they will put a smile on your face, as they did ours:

http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/columns/miss-manners/courtship-took-a-long-time-in-jane-austen-s-day/article_14c06029-0800-5a26-ae66-3f3fbf6bc31e.html

We wonder if anyone has considered inviting Miss Manners to an AGM. Were she to accept, of course, we would all have to be on our very best behavior. Indeed.

A Tantalizing Austen Fragment

 

From BBC South Today, a recent four-minute report about a fragment of Jane Austen’s handwriting that will go on display in Chawton later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uKJCBm_L6I

The subject of the fragment is prayers and praying, and perhaps by extension, preaching, a subject Austen approached also in chapter 34 of Mansfield Park, during a conversation between Edmund Bertram and Henry Crawford.

And while not recent, but in line with JASNA’s celebration of the bicentenary of Mansfield Park, a note about an adaptation for the stage, from two years ago. We probably missed an entertaining evening:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/9562796/Mansfield-Park-Theatre-Royal-Bury-St-Edmunds-review.html