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Friends of Fort George celebrates 210 years of ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Jane Austen will be celebrated July 20. (SUPPLIED)

It’s been 210 years since the world was introduced to the captivating romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, a creation of British novelist Jane Austen through her sophomore book, “Pride and Prejudice.”

Today, “Pride and Prejudice” is considered one of the most loved novels in the English literary canon and a favourite for many.

The Friends of Fort George is inviting fans of Jane Austen to join them for a tea party and a special lecture commemorating the novel’s anniversary.

The Regency-themed tea party is happening on July 20 at Navy Hall on Ricardo Street, starting at 7 p.m.

There will be tea and treats, book trivia and discussion, shopping, period games and more. Participants can try writing with a quill pen in the style of Jane Austen, as well as other Regency-era activities.

Those who come dressed in period costumes will receive a 10 per cent discount in the Friends of Fort George’s gift shop.

Then, later this summer, on Aug. 3, Navy Hall will host a special lecture, “‘Pride and Prejudice:’ Or, How to Write the Perfect Novel” with Barbara Seeber, a professor of English at Brock University who specializes in Jane Austen’s work.

The lecture is at 7 p.m. Tea and treats are available.

Tickets for the tea party are $20 each, while lecture costs $15. Both are available for purchase through the Friends of Fort George’s website under “Special Events,” at friendsoffortgeorge.square.site.

Proceeds from ticket sales will help to support student summer employment at Fort George and Brock’s Monument. For more information, call the Friends of Fort George at 905-468-6621.

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