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.”
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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.