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Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners by Josephine Ross
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Feb 26, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: jane-austen
Read in January, 2009

If you have read Jane Austen, seen Jane Austen movies, you probably know that the manners and social customs they had back then are so very different from ours today. This book is a guide that explains how to have good manners if you ever find yourself in Jane Austen's World. Furthermore, this book could serve as a guide to writing a novel that takes place during regency time. In addition, if you are curious about the customs and social behaviors in Jane Austen's books, this book will help to clarify and explain why such behaviors are acceptable and what is considered a "social blunder."

It is a delightfully pleasing little book that comes with beautiful watercolor illustrations and a ribbon bookmark. The book is divided into chapters with specific topics and includes examples from Jane Austen's books, letters, and advice she gave to her niece, Fanny when she was attempting to write a novel.

Chapters Include:
1. Manners Makyth Man - and Woman
2. The Forms of Introduction
3. Calling and Conversation
4. Dancing and Dining
5. Dress and Taste
6. The Subject of Matrimony
7. The Family Circle
8. The Assistance of Servants

I found this to be an enjoyable and enlightening read. Some things are kind of obvious, like how the eldest daughter is addressed as Miss Bennet and unless she is married or not present, no other sisters can have that title. But other things were very new to me, like rules about servants and that you are supposed to be careful in complimenting the clothing of others. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who likes the Regency time period, would like to understand Jane Austen's World better, or is interested in writing a novel that takes place during the Regency time period and wants to be historically accurate.
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