Monday, March 16, 2015

JASNA CWNY March Meeting

Harrison's "Sea Watch" No.1 (H4), with winding crank

("H4 low 250" by Phantom Photographer - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

"Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch." Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park Ch. 9

In the early eighteenth century timekeeping was a difficult task. The iPhone and Apple Watch had not yet been invented. Accurate timekeeping was especially important for ships at sea so that their navigators could know the longitude of the ship’s position. The invention of an accurate chronometer by John Harrison in the mid-seventeen hundreds helped to solve the problem and made a great deal of money for Harrrison.

By Jane Austen’s time timekeeping was well established. Mary Crawford however did not wish to be ruled by a watch. Perhaps she understood the limitations of the current technology or, more likely, simply preferred her own alternate reality.

Sir Bertram, however is perfectly willing to be ruled by the dictates of his watch. When informed that Fanny has been invited to the Grant’s for dinner he immediately consults his watch.

"She will be late," said Sir Thomas, taking out his watch; "but what is your difficulty?" Mansfield Park Ch. 23

Nothing surprising here about Fanny being asked out.

Jane Austen was acutely aware of time and used it in her novels. Join us at our next JASNA CWNY meeting to learn more about period clocks.

Event: March Meeting of JASNA CWNY
Place: Barnes and Noble, Pittsford NY Community Room
Time: 1 pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Welcome to JASNA Central and Western New York

Steventon Parsonage. Jane Austen's birthplace and home in her early years.

"What dreadful hot cold weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance." Letter (1796-09-18) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition(with a minor edit to apply to our region)

It appears Jane Austen was a little uncomfortable in the heat. One wonders what she would have thought about this past February in Rochester.

Welcome to the new JASNA Rochester Blog, the source of news about all things Austen in the Rochester NY region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. With this blog we will hope to keep you informed about activities related to Jane Austen in our region and provide posts about her life and writing that will both inform and amuse you.

JASNA is the Jane Austen Society of North America. This organization is dedicated to the study of Jane Austen's life and literary works. The Rochester Region of JASNA meets on the third Saturday of each month (September through May) at 1 pm in the Barnes and Noble, Pittsford NY Community Room.

A list of upcoming events:

The next meeting of JASNA Rochester is on Saturday March 21, 1 pm, in the Community Room at the Barnes and Noble, Pittsford

Country Dance Rochester is holding a Jane Austen Ball on April 26. Ball prep classes will be offered. Details can be found at the Country Dance Rochester Jane Austen Ball website.

The Meryton Country Dancers will be demonstrating Regency dance at the Cordancia Dances concert on April 19 at the Memorial Art Gallery. Details are available on the Cordancia website.

Posts about these events will follow shortly. Do join us at one of these events.