Where are my manners?
I completely forgot that yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice.
First published on Jan. 28, 1813, the story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England.
Miss Austen began writing the novel, originally titled First Impressions, in 1796. Austen made significant revisions to the manuscript between 1811 and 1812 and retitled it, Pride and Prejudice.
Unfortunately, Miss Austen sold the copyright for the Pride and Prejudice for £110 which was a costly mistake.
But happy anniversary, my dear Miss Bennet (as portrayed by my dear friend Caroline Abbott).
And Miss Austen, too, of course.