Saturday, December 19, 2009
A large crowd of JASNA members and their guests enjoyed a condensed "readers-theater" version of the 18th century play, "Lover's Vows" by Elizabeth Inchbald at the December meeting. Director Caroline Davis enlisted JASNA members as well as local actors and actresses to enliven the 1 hour performance. Comedy, melodrama and surprises marked this play which Caroline described as unlike the play in "Mansfield Park" because "Lover's Vows" in Austen's novel was practiced and never performed; this play was performed but never practiced!!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Christmas cards adorned with Georgian-era shoppers, cross-stitch samplers, Jane Austen calendars, Pride and Prejudice earrings, Elizabeth Bennett lotion and tea towels imprinted with Mr. Darcy's proposal are just a few of the extraordinary Christmas gifts which the Jane Austen Centre Giftshop in Bath sells. Lovers of Jane Austen's works may find all sorts of special Austen-themed items online at: http://giftshop.janeausten.co.uk/acatalog/Christmas_Gifts.html
The Christmas tree ornament pictured above is a "literary ornament" which is filled with strips of texts from old editions of Pride and Prejudice topped off with a black ribbon. What more could any Austen fan wish for at Christmas?