I just realized alot of what I have been posting about lately have been either sewing projects or different events. So since I just now finished reading a Jane Austen related book I thought it a good idea to post something about that.
This book was Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders by Josephine Ross. This is not a brand new book but one that has been out for a number of years now, but I’ve never got around to reading it before now. It is quite a small, easy to read and prettily illustrated book written in a style and language very appropriate to the era. It is not really, as I first thought, a guide to how to aquire the good manners of Jane Austen’s time and apply them to modern life (I’m not completely sure why I thought it would be…), but rather it is a book describing the manners of the time, with many examples taken both from Jane Austen herself (through her letters) and her books. It is a a wonderful little book when it comes to explaining many of those little manners and social quirks that we might not be as familiar with in todays society as they were back then. It is not a big and extensive book, but definitely gives some more insight into how society worked, and the lifestyle of a certain group of people at a certain point in history (one which anyone who loves Jane Austen is usually interested in to some extent!).
I found it to be a most delightful read, and it certainly helped make a few hours on the train pass most pleasantly. And despite what I said before, of course it is also possible to glean ideas and suggestions as to how to improve your own good manners, even in today’s society! I mean, the study of good manners and good behaviour cannot fail to leave some small mark now can it? That’s what I hope at least… But of course, some of the things mentioned in this book, like the treatment of servants, or the arranging of shooting parties for your guests for example, might not be so relevant to most of us today. 😉