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Program of Events
Jane Austen Society of North America
Puget Sound Region







Zoom Meeting Sunday, August 14, 2 pm
Pacific Daylight Time


Getting ready for the AGM in Victoria?  Join us on Sunday, August 14th for 
A Close Read of Excerpts
Sense and Sensibility


We will discuss two passages, quite short in length, so the "homework" won't be too grueling.  As a bonus, we've included a couple of links to the YouTube version of the Ang Lee movie, screenplay by Emma Thompson, which is of surprisingly good video quality for a free version. The links take you directly to the appropriate scenes, but if you'd like to watch the full movie, it's there. We include the video to help us focus on what the scenes are about.  Even when something is not in the book, I think we can give the benefit of the doubt that the screenwriter was looking to convey something from the book that was not easily done with just the same words.  We will be discussing whatever we notice, appreciate, or disagree with as to the movie vs the book.

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1. The scene where John and Fanny Dashwood discuss what John should do for his half sisters and their mother to satisfy his deathbed promise to his father. 

CHAPTER II, Pages 8 through 13 in the Oxford Illustrated edition. Read the whole chapter. 
https://youtu.be/wSVxtWvPt6E?t=138  (start  at 2:18 - or, to include the deathbed promise start at the very beginning of the movie. The deathbed scene is not described in any detail in the book, but is rather alluded to that John Dashwood assured his father that he would do what he could for his stepmother and sisters.)

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2. The scene where Lucy Steele first tells Elinor about her secret engagement and swears Elinor to secrecy. 

CHAPTER XXII, pages 128 to 135 in the Oxford edition.  Link https://youtu.be/wSVxtWvPt6E?t=3932 (start at 1:05:32)  This passage is the end of Volume I

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You do not need to register for this event, nor do you need to be a member of JASNA.  If members would like to invite guests, that would be wonderful!  You will receive the link the day before the meeting via newsletter.

What is a"close read?"  

Close reading is a strategy where a text is read multiple times, for the purpose of uncovering deeper meaning. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the text, beyond simple recall questions. It can be likened to peeling back layers of an onion. 

The Jane Austen Society of North America is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers and dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.  The Puget Sound Region of JASNA serves Western Washington from the Canadian border to Southern Washington.  We sometimes partner with other regions near us - Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Region and the Oregon and SW Washington Region

Vision:  Because literature has the power to change and enrich our lives, we want to see more people reading the great authors, with special emphasis on Jane Austen.

Mission:  Our mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:  To fulfill JASNA’s mission of fostering among the widest number of readers, JASNA strives to ensure that all people are welcome and feel valued in its meetings, events, and community spaces. JASNA is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Society. There is no place in JASNA for discrimination or exclusion, including on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, ability, appearance, or education.


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Due to the Covid pandemic, scheduled events have changed to virtual programs.


Note: Unless otherwise stated*, our meetings begin at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.  That said, any programs not on our regular schedule will be fitted in wherever we can find an opportune time, so do, please, check regularly.  


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