Some time ago, we held a program meeting for various members to speak on whatever sparked their fancy, as long as it had to do with Jane Austen, her contemporaries, or some aspect of life during Regency times. Thirteen members agreed to talk for two minutes each. In my foolish youth (lo these three long years ago), I thought that it would be easy to stand up and talk about something for two minutes. Our problem was that people couldn't speak for that long of a time, but the opposite. Hardly any of us (and I was the first culprit) were able to keep our talks down to two minutes. So... the meeting ran long and we still didn't get to hear everyone's talk.
I gathered the written notes or fully written pieces from each of those who had not been able to speak, saving them for the newsletter. Only to have our newsletter suffer the "ax" when we couldn't find someone to take it on. When we decided we'd completely overhaul our online presence, we decided a blog could cover the articles sections of the newsletter. And so, here is our very first blog post of one of those wonderful talks. This is Debbie Johnson's essay on the deftness of Jane Austen's work.