June 22, JASNA-Vermont meeting on “Northanger Abbey”


June 22: 2-4 pm

Northanger Abbey
~ Dramatic Readings and Discussion
& JASNA ~ A Short History (roundtable discussion)

Place:  Champlain College, Hauke Center, Maple St, Burlington, VT

We open with a roundtable discussion of JASNA’s beginnings. Lorraine Hanaway and Mildred Darrow both joined JASNA in its earliest years; Lorraine also served as president (1984-88). JASNA-VT members will then dramatize three scenes from Northanger Abbey and general discussion follows. We end with our Northanger Abbey QUIZ (see our page on Northanger Abbey with links to the novel and articles; the Quiz is at the end.) 

This meeting will be very informal. Light refreshments, and lots of time to meet, greet and talk. Free and open to the public.  Please contact us if you have questions. 


The Novel:
          *1818 edition vol. III; vol. IV (vol. 4: complete)
          *1913 edition, NA&P (Hugh Thomson illustrated) (Internet Archive)
          *The Novels & Letters of JA (1906; Brock illustrated) vol. X
*R.W. Chapman’s 1923 edition, NA&P vol. V

           *Brock’s illustrations (solitary-elegance.com)
more Brock illustrations
*Audio at LibriVox

Principal Characters in Persuasion:

from Wikipedia

from Pemberley (genealogy); also their Janes-names list

index of all characters, from Chapman’s 1923 edition (pp. 292-4)

Persuasion links:

Where’s Where in Jane Austen’s Novels: a map of all the places in Persuasion courtesy of JASNA and JASA (and the intro page with explanation & links to all maps).

A calendar for Persuasion, by Ellen Moody

A companion article on Austen’s use of Almanacs in her writing (Ellen Moody); a surprising conclusion: “Excepting only Northanger Abbey, Austen makes sure a certain kind of pivotal event in her longer finished novels occurs on a TUESDAY.” Hmmm…

A Study Guide to Persuasion from Grand Valley State University.

So much information!

There are so many interesting articles on the various Austen-related sites, that I am going to list and link some of them for your ease of use!….

On Jane Austen’s World, Ms. Place writes of the architect Robert Adam; The Grand Tour in the 18th & 19th century; a review of PBS’s Room with a View; Traveling at Night in Jane Austen’s Time; and Calling Cards in S&S and Persuasion.

Ms. Place also has penned a great article on the actress Anna Chancellor (of Four Weddings & a Funeral fame, as well as the most perfect Caroline Bingley in P&P95)…turns out she is an Austen descendant. See the Jane Austen Today Blog.  On the same page, scroll down for a great article by Laurie Viera Rigler on “Ten Ways to Cope without the Complete Jane Austen Series.”  The first six suggestions are to READ THE BOOKS! (yes! I love this suggestion!) (and of course see the best adaptations), followed by the terrific advice to join JASNA, go to an English country dance event, and finally to read Rigler’s own book, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (which is quite a good I might add!)  The book is being offered as a prize for the best posted suggestion, so go to the site and comment on!

And over at Austenprose, Laurel Ann, writes of Maggie Lane, the author of numerous books on Jane Austen, and reviews her book Jane Austen’s World: the Life and times of England’s Most Popular Author.  And take a look at some the previous posts on Sense & Sensibility, and a very comment-worthy post on the best and worst of PBS’s Complete Jane Austen.

Maggie Sullivan at Austenblog has some interesting tidbits and “Jane” sightings.

Oh! there is way too much delightful information…who can keep up with all this reading!  I, for one, have immersed myself in Northanger Abbey, and will soon post on my thoughts…

The Austen Boutique

The Austen Boutique 

HELP JASNA-VERMONT:   All profits from merchandise we have for sale benefit our Vermont REGION. 

[Contact Deb for information, current stock, pricing, shipping, etc.]


  • Byrd, Penelope.  Jane Austen Fashion:  Fashion and Needlework in the Works of Jane Austen.  Moonrise Press, 2008.  $20.   [read Kelly’s review here] – SOLD OUT
  • Edwards, Anne Marie.  In the Steps of Jane Austen: Walking Tours of Austen’s England.  Jones Books, 2006, c1991.   $20. – SOLD OUT
  • Wilson, Kim.  Tea with Jane Austen.  Jones Books, 2004.  $18. 





PAPER DOLLS: SOLD OUT and no longer available

Our “Legacy Designs Paper Dolls” are hand-signed by artist Donald Hendricks. Each set consists of two 8×11 doll pages, plus two handsomely-decorated insert pages of informative comments (printed on acid-free paper).    $10. each                                                                                                                               

elizabeth-paper-dollHenry and Catherine (Northanger Abbey)
Edward and Elinor (Sense and Sensibility)
Elizabeth and Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Edmund and Fanny (Mansfield Park)
Emma and Mr Knightly (Emma)
Anne and Captain Wentworth (Persuasion)
There’s even a


And here is Deb’s favorite:

Captain Wentworth

Captain Wentworth

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JASNA-VT member Carol Madden sent a beautiful JANE AUSTEN Card, and we just had to track down where the rest of us might get a box. These note cards are $12 for a box of 16 (with 17 envelopes), and feature four different designs. We’ve seen the one featured on the box (“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” is the featured quote; the illustration is ‘Evening or Full Dress,’ Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, 1810), and the drawing is truly enchanting! Potter Style also features a Jane Austen journal ($10.95), for those who like to write more than a little note, and an address book ($8.00).

Jane Odiwe also produces Austen greeting cards – from her own drawings! These depict Jane and her family, as well as scenes from her novels. Cards are $2.50 each / or 5 for $10.  JASNA-VT has many of these available for purchase at our meetings.

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TEA? Earl Grey, Lapsong Souchong? One company that Kelly has ordered from and highly recommends is Upton Tea Imports in Hopkinton, MA. Dealing predominantly in loose teas, Upton offers low-priced samples, tea in bags or tins, and a selection of cups, pots and other items tea-drinkers would just love to have. Can shop online or via their quarterly catalogue. Standard domestic shipping is just $4 per order – not based on weight or cost. Fast service.

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The following JASNA regional groups offer unique Jane Austen-related merchandise: note cards, t-shirts, books, music, prints, linens, cookbooks, and more. Shop these pages for the perfect gift for yourself, a friend, or another literature lover! All proceeds benefit JASNA Regions.

Southern Arizona Amber jewelry, nightshirts, post cards and more

District Of Columbia Books, note cards, tea towels and more

Minnesota Jewelry, chocolates, bath products and more

New Mexico Note cards

Greater New York Bookmarks, cards, Diana Birchall’s Mrs. Elton books and more

Oregon and SW Washington Northanger Abbey print

Eastern Pennsylvania Christmas cards, note cards

Wisconsin  Jane Austen Wall Calendar, current year

JA Sources

Please see the the Sources & Bibliographies outlined below. These listings are not intended to be exhaustive, and, as we continue to add to them periodically, do check back.  If you have any suggestions of a resource we should add, let us know!   [Note:  each page has references for printed materials [books, journals, etc]  and links to online resources – if a printed title is available in an online format, there will be link to it – it will not be repeated in the “links” section.]

In addition, please see these individual pages for each of Austen’s works: