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Written by Cheryl
(6/29/2006 11:10 p.m.)
The Visit is dedicated to her father and mentions two other "celebrated Comedies" by name. My footnote says that "Neither of the titles is known outside this context, so possibly they are two pieces of Jane Austen's own composition, "celebrated" by their performance or reading at Steventon, yet for some reason not transcribed into any of the three notebooks." It's too bad they were lost, but I love the idea of the plays being performed by the family.
There's not much to this, but I did laugh at several bits in the play. Like blaming the grandmother for the short beds, few chairs (though I love the solution to the chair shortage! "Bless me! there ought to be 8 Chairs & there are but 6. However, if your Ladyship will but take Sir Arthur in your Lap, & Sophy my Brother in hers, I beleive we shall do pretty well.") and the lack of a hothouse.
And did poor Sir Arthur not eat a thing? Was everything at the dinner deemed "too high" for him? And what does that mean? Too rich? I'm sure Mr. Woodhouse would know. And probably JulieW…
I also read Jane's other two short plays in the juvenilia:
What did you think of The Visit? Did you read either of the other two plays? They are, unfortunately, not housed here at Pemberley, but the links I've given will take you to the plays at another site which has all of the Juvenilia online. The front page of the online juvenilia site is linked below.
|Jane Austen's Juvenilia Online|
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