The Janeite Social Calendar

If you feel that “There is a monsterous deal of stupid quizzing, & common-place nonsense talked, but scarcely any wit”, then we encourage to attend any or all of these events on Jane’s social calendar for “It is such a happiness when good people get together — and they always do.”

From lectures, teas, dances, and Jane’s Birthday there is something to attend yourself in the realm of a Janeite.  Any do not fret should find yourself required to go alone because “from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previously engaged to a ball, does not necessarily increase either the dignity or enjoyment of a young lady.”

Memories are to be made and friends are to be had, “But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state.

See you there!

Rudyard Kipling’s: The Janeites @ The Gatesworth
Dec 9 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Reservations are required for this program. Please contact Bettye Dew, our Hostess, to reserve.

We will conclude the year with a Readers Theatre presentation of “The Janeites”, a famous short story by Rudyard Kipling.

Kipling’s “The Janeites” manages the unlikely combination of Jane Austen, World War I, and secret societies.  In 1920, a Cockney character named Humberstall looks back at the war, relating how a passion for the works of Jane Austen brought officers and soldiers together, allowing them to talk on level terms.  Humberstall views the resulting group, the Society of the Janeites, as a secret organization akin to Freemasonry.  Much of the story’s humor stems from his descriptions of Austen’s characters and plots.

Background: Kipling and his family had visited Bath in March 1915, and while there, he re-read the works of Jane Austen.  He wrote to a friend: “The more I read the more I admire and respect and do reverence… When she looks straight at a man or a woman she is greater than those who were alive with her – by a whole head… with a more delicate hand and a keener scalpel” (Pinney [ed.], Letter [vol. 4, 1999] p. 296).  Jane Austen’s novels also brought a welcome break in the family’s gloom when son, John, was killed later in 1915 while serving in World War I.  Kipling’s admiration for Austen had become affection.

4 Responses to The Janeite Social Calendar

  1. Jennie says:

    I am interested in more information about your meetings and events.

    • Rose Marie Nester says:

      Has Jim answered your questions?
      Please also look at the news notes for more information.
      We meet four times per year. Our schedule for the remaining 2013 is a public meeting on Sept. 14 and a members birthday celebration on Dec. 14. We announce the new calendar on that date.

  2. Dawn Tucker says:

    May I visit the leadership lecture?

    • Rose Nester says:

      Hello Dawn,

      The meeting is open to the public and is from 2-4 at the University City Library. The address is on our website.

      All are welcome. Please come!

      Thank you,

      Rose Nester
      co-coordinator JASNA-St. Louis

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