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. Anyway, do not fret should you 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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What Jane Heard: A Virtual Presentation by Rose Nester
“There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste.”—Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Pride and Prejudice
Long before it could be recorded, music was most often heard and enjoyed in small group settings, and playing and singing with some proficiency were considered two important skills for women in Jane Austen’s era. Like many of the characters in her novels, Austen played the pianoforte; attended concerts and dances; and collected sheet music from both English and foreign contemporary composers. In the virtual presentation “What Jane Heard,” Rose Nester will explore the instruments, the types of music played and sung, and even the influence of social class in music during Jane Austen’s time.
Please note: To ensure that our afternoon runs smoothly and securely, this event is an online presentation via Zoom. Registration is required through EventBrite. Click the green “Tickets” button in the upper right corner of this page to reserve your free virtual ticket (using your email address). A few days prior to the event, instructions for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the address you used to register for the event.