Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!
1775 December 16
Jane's Birthday Tea
|Paul Butler, one of our newest JASNA Calgary members, gave us a glimpse into his latest novel, The Widow's Fire, a sequel to Persuasion with a focus on Anne's friend, Mrs. Smith. He discussed the morally questionable actions of Mrs. Smith toward Anne in potentially concealing her past with Mr. Elliott until Anne had declared that she had no intention of marrying him. Quite a number of us had missed this somewhat devious act on her part.|
|His novel is a closer look at Mrs. Smith and focuses on helping our 21st century morality understand some of the themes contained in Jane Austen's novels and in particular, whether or not Mrs. Smith acted in a reasonable way. This sequel, which begins near the end of Persuasion, is written from different characters' points of view. The story includes some of the gallant Captain Wentworth's darker past from when he was at sea, and it proposes possible consequences for his new life with Anne.|
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