Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Jane Austen's Netherfield Ball comes to life
I almost fainted with excitement—quick, the smelling salts!—when I found out via our very own Daedalus Books Facebook page that the BBC aims to recreate and film the Netherfield Ball from Pride and Prejudice for the 200th anniversary of its publication (January 27). Be still my beating heart! Filmed on location at Chawton House, Hampshire, the 90-minute program will explore the dancing, the music, the food, and the fashion of the Regency period as the preparations are made for the ball, which will then be shown in its entirety. Left: Bingley, the giver of the ball. Below: it will take Darcy an entire novel to undo the bad impression he makes on Elizabeth by the supercilious comments she overhears at the Netherfield Ball.
A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen and/or Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House: The Best of the Jane Austen Short Story Competition.
"So, he enquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the two next. Then, the two third he danced with Miss King, and the two fourth with Maria Lucas, and the two fifth with Jane again, and the two sixth with Lizzy, and the Boulanger."—Mrs Bennet about Mr. Bingley at The Netherfield Ball
The illustrated blog Jane Austen's World is a nexus of information about the etiquette and importance of balls in this period—especially as regards the all-important theme of matrimonial prospects.