JASNA Vancouver members Phyllis Ferguson-Bottomer, Elspeth Flood and Lona Manning presented their analyses of a few of Jane Austen’s comical characters: Mr. Collins, Mrs. Elton, Mary Bennet, and Mr. Bennet. It was wonderful to gain new insights into these characters through our members’ thorough research and understanding of what makes characters such as these important in Austen’s storytelling. Their presentations evoked lively discussion and we came away from the meeting having learned more about what made these characters funny and what stock characters, such as the female pedant, were commonly used in Austen’s time. You can read more about this character type in Lona Manning’s Blog.

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