North Texas Region

Rescheduled December Birthday Luncheon
“Was Mr. Darcy Really That Rich?”
Saturday, December 21, 2013

Neither ice nor freezing temperatures could thwart our wonderful JASNA Traveling Lecturer, Professor Diane Capitani, from traveling to Texas to delight the North Texas Region.  The annual December luncheon honoring Jane Austen’s 238th birthday had been rescheduled to Saturday, December 21, 2013 due to the ice storm.  The Warwick Melrose Hotel provided the perfect holiday setting for the sold out event.  Regional Coordinator Rosalie Sternberg welcomed members and guests and Program Chair Vicki Ford revealed the events and programs for 2014.  Lindy Bell’s Netherfield Ball rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” was clever and captivating and Carol Adams wowed the room reciting all of the phone messages left for Willoughby on the 2011 Fort Worth AGM “black lace panty” phone number.

Diane Capitani
Diane Capitani

Before the fabulous luncheon Professor Diane Capitani explained the economic realities of the Regency period and made clear that Mr. Darcy was indeed filthy rich.  She also hinted that, as delightful as Elizabeth Bennet might seem, Lizzy does have her “issues” and should have never refused Darcy in the first place.  The presentation was informative, provocative and absolutely delightful.  Smiles and laughter filled the room.

Pam Braak won the raffle basket filled with goodies and the Amazon gift card that all of us wanted.

—Cheryl Kinney

The North Texas Region is grateful to Professor Capitani for accommodating the change in dates and to the JASNA’s Traveling Lecturer program for partial funding of this program.