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Dance with Jane Austen : how a novelist and her characters went to the ball

Fullerton, Susannah, 1960-2012
Jane Austen loved to put on her satin slippers with shoe-roses, her white gloves and muslin gown, and go off for an evening of fun at the Basingstoke assemblies. The Bennet girls share their creator's delight and go off joyfully to dance, and of course to meet future husbands. Drawing on contemporary accounts and illustrations, and a close reading of the novels as well as Austen's correspondence, Susannah Fullerton takes the reader through all the stages of a Regency Ball as Jane Austen and her characters would have known it. Her subjects learn their steps, dress in readiness, find transport to convey them to a ball, choose between public and private balls, worry over a shortage of men, prefer a cotillion to a quadrille, talk and flirt with their partners, sustain themselves with supper, fall in love, and then go home to talk it all over at the end.
1st Frances Lincoln ed.
London : Frances Lincoln, 2012.
160 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Machine generated contents note: Learning to dance -- `An effective exhibition': dressing for the dance -- Getting to and from a ball -- Assembly balls -- Private balls -- Etiquette of the ballroom -- Men in the ballroom -- Dancing and music -- `They sat down to supper' -- Conversation and courtship -- The shade of a departed ball -- Dance in Jane Austen films.
0711232458 (hbk)
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Etiquette & entertaining (Australia)Literary studies & criticism (Australia)English literature (Australia)
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