Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"The Shade of a Departed Ball"

" the morning afforded her an opportunity of talking over Thursday night with Mrs. Grant and Miss Crawford, in a very handsome style, with all the heightenings of imagination and all the laughs of playfulness which are so essential to the shade of a departed ball, [Fanny] could afterwards bring her mind without much effort into its everyday state..."--Mansfield Park

Well, it may take some time to get our minds into an "everyday state"--but the fourth annual Rochester Jane Austen Ball is now "departed." And here are a few photographic reflections of its "shade."

JASNA Rochester Coordinator Celia Easton (left) and JASNA Syracuse Co-Coordinator Lisa Brown.

Caller Judi Rivkin, with the band, "Persuasion."

Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy seem to be having an important conversation.

And the elegance of both the setting and the costumes was beyond expression.

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