Perhaps, it is because I live with four boys- or maybe it is because I ride the New York City Subway everyday- but there are days, like today that I long for more civilized behavior. And, who wouldn’t rather be picked up in a barouche-landau then a city bus?
Long before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Quirk published this guide to life in Regency England to the delight of Austen fans everywhere. Newly published with a revised cover, The Jane Austen Handbook offers step-by-step instructions for proper comportment in the early 19th century. Readers will discover:
• How to Indicate Interest in a Gentleman Without Seeming Forward
• How to Ensure a Good Yearly Income
• How to Ride Sidesaddle
• How to Behave at a Dinner Party
Full of practical directions for navigating the travails of Regency life, this charming illustrated book also serves as a companion for present-day readers, explaining the English class system, currency, dress, and the nuances of graceful living.
Hopefully we can get everyone to read it! Maybe we will not all “learn to dance gracefully,” or play the pianoforte, but maybe it will soften us just a bit, and reinforce the importance of a polite society.
One can dream…