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|Indeed she did.
Written by Anselm
(10/16/2009 3:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Reading it in parts, penned by Elizabeth K
In fact, the family produced plays for many years while JA was growing up in Steventon. She wrote a couple of short ones herself in her juvenilia ("The Mystery" is a real hoot). Her brother James wrote prologues to several of them.
And, moreover, when in later life her own mother read her published novels aloud, JA criticised her for getting the expression wrong. (Can't put my finger on the sources for either of these, but I'm sure I remember correctly.) The "performance" aspect of her novels shouldn't be forgotten, I think. That's why audiobooks are such an "authentic" as well as a good way to enjoy them.
In S&S, Hamlet could have been done as a dramatic reading by the five of them (Willoughby, Mrs Dashwood and the three girls). However, the fact that Willoughby's sudden departure interrupts their progress through the play implies that they had been working at it for some days at least - certainly for more than one day. They probably "did" (whatever that means) a few scenes a night, or maybe an act.
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