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I can’t believe it’s been a day since the excitement of my first JASNA (Jane Austen Society of America) Annual Meeting. This one was held in Brooklyn, which turned out to be a fabulous place for this Janeite, for I walked over half of the Brooklyn Bridge between sessions and loitered in Brooklyn Heights, a […]

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Gentle Readers, (UPDATE: Contest Closed. The random number generator chose Jill! Thank you everyone for participating! Your comments were excellent!) Maria Beatrice from Italy is conducting a survey the world over. Her question is simple: How and when did you discover Jane? When you leave your comment, please include your age and gender. (I know, […]

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Fans, originally imported from the Far East, were a popular fashion accessory for ladies between the mid-17th and early 20th centuries.

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When one thinks of a fashionably attired Regency lady, one also thinks of the lovely fan she most likely carried. These graceful objects were first used for cooling, but during the 19th century they became an indispensable fashion accessory. Flirtations were carried on with fans, which hid blushing cheeks or communicated a specific message. (Click […]

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Spring is a time for gift giving in my family: birthdays, holidays, hostess thank you’s, and Mother’s Day gifts all enter into the equation. This is a perfect time to consider the bounty of choices in stores and online. Museum gift shops have been a particularly good source during my gift hunts. A major benefit […]

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