Thu., July 17, 7 p.m. 2014
Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted
The servants take center stage in this belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely upended. Mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen’s classic, here Jo Baker takes us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers’ hearts around the world for generations.