I really do like Jane Austen. I have two other friends who do as well. We were getting together about once every month to six weeks to discuss another Austen classic. We got through Pride and Prejudice, everyone's favorite, I'm sure, then also discussed Sense and Sensibility. Our next one was to be Mansfield Park. I started reading Mansfield, I really do like Fanny and feel sorry for her. She's a little bit like Cinderella with stupid step-sisters. But I haven't gotten that far into the book.
All three of us belong to another book club with more people. So, the holidays and that book club seemed to get in the way. I miss Jane. Our last Jane book club, instead of discussing the book, I put together a Power Point on Regency period clothing. Oh, how I love those styles. I think they are rather flattering and forgiving looks. And rather easier to sew, I might add. I really want to have an excuse to make an 1800s or 1810s gown, or two or three. I put on a dress I had made in college, that was relatively early 1800s, but not entirely, and did up my hair with the curls on the sides of my head. They got such a kick out of it. So did I.
But, we still haven't gotten back to Mansfield Park. My library renewal ran out, I put it on hold again, then neglected to pick it up. Now I'm knee deep in ancient Egyptian (another period I love), so I haven't had the gumption to get back to Jane. On top of that, the other book club assignment is The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. Don't you just love the name Esme?
Alas, poor Jane!