On Saturday, November 18th, a Jane Austen Tea was held at Barrett Friendly Library as part of a weeklong celebration of Jane Austen’s work. Library members and staff had a fun time preparing many delectable tea sandwiches and pastries which about fifty lucky attendees sampled with delight. Inspired by the festive spirit of the occasion, some dressed in period costume, donning their best bonnets. And adding variety, Roseanne Walters looked very handsome dressed as Mr. Darcy.
After tea, Elizabeth Steele, former President of the Jane Austen Society of North America and teacher at Delaware Valley University, presented her insights into the facts and fictions of Jane’s work. Being a life-long admirer of Austen, Elizabeth discussed how Jane was the first author to use a free indirect style which uses 3rd party narrative and is limited by what the character sees and believes. Jane also includes subtle clues adding richness to the story, and each reading brings new layers to the surface. Elizabeth’s perspective and ideas were enlightening, and we thank both Elizabeth and the library for a very enjoyable tea!