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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    An exception that comes to mind is an officer in a Highland regiment who might well attend a ball or other function in his regiment's full dress uniform.
    True, but only in Scotland. It's my understanding that between the end of the American War and the beginning of the Napoleonic war (when Jane Austen flourished), no Scottish regiment was stationed in England. Any officer of a Highland regiment, traveling in England, would have been dressed in ordinary civilian attire and, in all likelihood, would have likewise been thus attired if attending a civilian ball.

    I think the best approach to this (attending a Jane Austen Society Ball) is to adopt the attitude that if it isn't mentioned in a Jane Austen novel, it doesn't exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacMillan of Rathdown View Post
    I think the best approach to this (attending a Jane Austen Society Ball) is to adopt the attitude that if it isn't mentioned in a Jane Austen novel, it doesn't exist.
    I was going to go to one and get a feel for it anyways.

    Hopefully they'll be relax enough for me to bend the rules a little. Like I said I will get an English garb eventually.

    As for Mr. Darcey, she already has the "I love Mr Darcey" tee I got her a couple years ago. Though since this year's conferance (in our area, how cool) is on Sense and Sensibility would be Edward I guess.

    Curious about the D'Arcy, I looked up the spelling and my copy (yes I carry the complete works of Jane Auten in my E-Readr) and it has Darcey. Is there a differance I should know about before I get into trouble?

    Jim
    I cook with a flair for the dramatic,
    and depraved indifference to calories

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