On Saturday, the Prosecuting Counsel (our leader, Barbara) presented evidence in the case against Frank Churchill. She examined the character of Frank Churchill, looking at the evidence (from the novel Emma) to show that not only is he a cad but a murderer of his aunt Mrs Churchill. After all other considerations, it was in the morning that he received the letter from Jane Fairfax breaking their engagement, and it was later that day that Mrs Churchill died. The Prosecutor strongly suggested that it was a fit of rage and frustration that brought on the rash action by Frank. Then the Jury (we, the audience) had to discuss the evidence and decide whether he was innocent or guilty. There were 8 votes that he was guilty (definitely smothered her) and 2 votes for not guilty. When this was presented to the Judge, she had to rule for Reasonable Doubt. All this took place at the monthly meeting of our Jane Austen group and was greatly enjoyed by all, with so much fun and laughter.
As we know there are many places around the world celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in July. All over the world people continue to discuss Jane Austen’s novels with passion and gusto. Here in Adelaide, Flinders University are hosting the Immortal Austen conference from the 13-16 July at Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square and you can find the full programme at www.flinders.edu.au › ... › Immortal Austen. People are coming to Adelaidefrom interstate and overseas for the conference. With a mixture of speakers, musical concerts, writing workshops and a dinner, it offers something for everyone.