Saturday, November 19, 2011

Guest: Lady Sophia

Lady Sophia
Buenasera! I am la Contessa Guirdano, Sophia Rosalia with my husband, Conte Guirdano, Dominic Rosalia.

We are acquaintances of the Colonello Fitzwilliam who procurred our invitation for us.

We have never been to England, but have left our work as educators of the American youth to visit for our first ball.


Bit o'sip sip gossip...

Did you know...

Jane Austen's Letters
4th edition
by Deirdre Le Faye
visit My Jane Austen Book Club
for the giveaway here

Jane Austen's letters afford a unique insight into the daily life of the novelist: intimate and gossipy, observant and informative--they read much like the novels themselves. They bring alive her family and friends, her surroundings and contemporary events, all with a freshness unparalleled in modern biographies. Most important, we recognize the unmistakable voice of the author of such novels as Pride and Prejudice and Emma. We see the shift in her writing from witty and amusing descriptions of the social life of town and country, to a thoughtful and constructive tone while writing about the business of literary composition.

R.W. Chapman's ground-breaking edition of the collected letters first appeared in 1932, and a second edition followed twenty years later. A third edition, edited Deirdre Le Faye in 1997 added new material, re-ordered the letters into their correct chronological sequence, and provided discreet and full annotation to each letter, including its provenance, and information on the watermarks, postmarks, and other physical details of the manuscripts. This new fourth edition incorporates the findings of recent scholarship to further enrich our understanding of Austen and give us the fullest and most revealing view yet of her life and family. In addition, Le Faye has written a new preface, has amended and updated the biographical and topographical indexes, has introduced a new subject index, and had added the contents of the notes to the general index.



* guest post is based on Pemberley Ball RSVPs

* image source gown for Lady Sophia aka Sophia

~~- Pemberley Ball schedule -~~


  1. A prize to be longed for, and quite worth a visit to a futuristic venue- a website!

  2. The Duchess was pleased to welcome the Conte's Guirdano to England. Their manners were impeccable, as befitting their status as both royalty and learned members of society. Ah, and look at the splendid jewels Lady Sophia wore!! Those rubies must have cost a fortune!! Excelente!

  3. Our visit to la bella England has been bon fortuna as we have had the pleasure to meet so many intriguing Signors, Senores, and Signorinas at the Darcy Ball.


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