Just ahead of Part Twenty-Four of our current Tale for Our Time, a reminder that we have a morning (North American Eastern Time) complement to our nocturnal audio adventures in the Wednesday edition of The Mark Steyn Show. Hope you'll want to check that out.
If you're in the mood for something less stressful, please try our Northanger Abbey audio special on the musical world of Jane Austen. Simon Croft, a First Month Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club from London, writes:
A thoroughly enjoyable entertainment; thank you.
Rosette, one of our Belgian Steyn Clubbers, adds:
What a superb joyful treat you offered us... It is a delight of joy and lightness.
Alas we don't hear often this kind of music nowadays... I would like so much to listen to an artist playing 'live' an harpsichord like Jane Austen featured in the portrait enclosed. Unfortunately it seems 'out of fashion'...
Anyway, now I know that can renew this pleasure by listening to Jane Austen's playlist here at the MSC, a treasure trove!
Thank you, Rosette. In tonight's episode of Northanger Abbey, Catherine finally receives a letter from the bosom "friend" who has ruined her poor brother's life. Isabella is not quite so oblivious that she is entirely unaware some rift has arisen:
I am quite uneasy about your dear brother, not having heard from him since he went to Oxford; and am fearful of some misunderstanding. Your kind offices will set all right: he is the only man I ever did or could love, and I trust you will convince him of it. The spring fashions are partly down; and the hats the most frightful you can imagine.
That's very deftly done. I take my own frightful hat off to Miss Austen.
See you back here tomorrow for Part Twenty-Five of Northanger Abbey.