Saturday’s Jane Austen Society in Gainesville’s Tower Branch Public Library was exciting and went well. Given the summertimeliness of it all (and I suspect the relative unpopularity of Jane’s Sanditon) the turnout was cozy, but it was as right as Baby Bear’s porridge for Me-the-Newcomer. Hosted as High Tea by University of Florida’s [graduate?] student Amy Robinson, the demographics were varied in age but predominately feminine – which was just fine for me. The other male was a gentle geriatric named Jim, and so I couldn’t help but feel a tad virile.
I was flattered by my reception and I enjoyed sweets and suffered tea (I am a coffee drinker by habit). One woman asked whether I was the guest-speaking graduate student! Gertrude (or “Gerdy”), our matriarch (but nothing like Catherine de Bourgh or Lady Denham), made me so lopsided with compliments that I was subsequently balanced through Greenish outpour in Gainesville’s Mega Comics, where I spent the last quarter of my afternoon. My only regret is that our next meeting is two[-many] months away!