This past week was the fourth annual Jane Austen Week in my library. This year in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice we watched the Keira Knightley version of the film every lunch period for the week. Because of the length of the film (over 2 hours) we didn't have as much time for trivia as in past years.
- An average of ten students per lunch, mostly girls, rushed to the library, carrying their lunches. We have three different lunches at the school. One lunch had more students than the other two, around 15 students.
- The four out of five of the trivia questions focused on Pride and Prejudice.
- Prizes issued for lunch winners and the grand prize winner (highest total all lunches) were: 1st Lunch: Hailey chose the book Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman (a Pride and Prejudice retelling); 2nd lunch: Hannah chose a hardback edition of Pride and Prejudice; 3rd lunch Brianna chose a Sayings of Jane Austen book. The grand prize winner of Alicia and she won an antique handkerchief from Great Britain, part of my husband's grandmother's collection.
- Students sipped on Twinings English Breakfast tea with milk and sugar and nibbled on shortbread while they watched the finale. One gal told me that she had never had before in her life. I hoped she liked it.
- Though most students have seen the movie several times, they all seemed to enjoy the experience. I know I did.
BTW- I just ordered my own set of Jane Austen stamps (see photo above) from the Royal Mail.