Author Archives: ahfclass

In a Gentleman-Like Manner

By Ted Bushman (appearing as Fitzwilliam Darcy in BYU’s production of Pride and Prejudice) Mr. Darcy’s haughtiness can seem not only bizarre but unnecessarily rude until one looks a little at the climate from which he emerged. Social class was a … Continue reading

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Jane Austen: A Biography

By Karli Hall (appearing as Elizabeth Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, at Steventon Rectory in Hampshire, the seventh child of a country clergyman and his wife, George and Cassandra Austen, both … Continue reading

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Letter Writing in Jane Austen’s Time

Adapted by Anne Flinders, dramaturg, from Vic Sanborn Much of the communication between characters in Pride and Prejudice happens in letters. In fact, it is suspected by some scholars that First Impressions, Jane Austen’s first draft of Pride and  Prejudice, was … Continue reading

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The Education of Upper Class Young Men

By Austin Jensen (appearing as Charles Bingley in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) As England was and continues to be a class-conscious society, education was built on social lines, and even the public schools were divided into castes, with certain schools … Continue reading

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Book News: Fragment Of Jane Austen’s Handwriting Found

by Annalisa Quinn, February 04, 2014 A small but rare sample of Jane Austen’s handwriting has been found tucked into another book at the Jane Austen’s House Museum. The scrap reads, “Men may get into a habit of repeating the … Continue reading

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Married to Money: Dowries in Victorian England

 By Allyson Thaxton (appearing as Georgiana Darcy in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) A dowry, or marriage portion, is a process whereby parental property is distributed to a daughter at her marriage rather than at the holder’s death. In England, failure … Continue reading

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The Anglican Clergy in Jane Austen’s Novels

By Jacob Swain (appearing as Mr. Collins in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) The clergy occupy an essential place in Jane Austen’s work, even more than the Royal Navy, because Jane Austen’s father himself was a clergyman, as were her brother … Continue reading

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