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







Zoom Meeting Sunday, October 9, 2 pm
Pacific Daylight Time


 Join us  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.

Are you Team Elinore or Team Marianne?  


This year's AGM (about to start!) is all about Sense and Sensibility, so, like so many others this summer, we've been reading up on our favorite sisters!  A close reading helped us to understand the issues surrounding the Dashwood women losing their home and finding themselves in a new and different setting with perfectly charming neighbors, as well as Lucy Steele's cold-hearted treatment of Elinore.


Now, we're ready for another close reading, to better understand the relationship between the two eldest sisters.  We'll read these two chapters:

Volume one, chapter IV
The family is discussing Edward, his character and his possible match with Elinor - the sisters display their personal traits and preferences through their discussion of Edward. 

Volume three, chapter X (or Chapter XLVI in one volume) 

This is when Marianne is recovering from her illness and she and Elinor finally open up to each other and share each others perspectives . 
" ... Marianne asks, “‘…shall we ever talk on that subject, Elinor?...Or will it be wrong?  I can talk of it now, I hope, as I ought to do.’  Elinor tenderly invited her to be open”

Join us for a lively discussion on Sunday, October 9th at 2 pm.  via Zoom.  Watch for your newsletter to get the Zoom link.

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.