Styrofoam Expectations, China Teacup Realities

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I’m working on a project with a Jane Austen theme for The Write Life Magazine (due out in the August issue).  Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out that there was going to be a Jane Austen Tea and Lecture happening at the public library, mere steps from my house.

I fully expected the lecture to be excellent, but I figured the “tea” would probably consist of an industrial carafe of hot water and some tea bags, which would be served in styrofoam cups.  It’s not that I was going to be upset about this, I appreciated the sentiment behind it. I also wasn’t intentionally being cynical.  It’s just that I’ve worked in the government/non-profit sector for a long time and I figured a tea at the public library would be a bit utilitarian.

Imagine my surprise when I found that carafe full of already brewed tea (special Jane Austen blend, of course) served in lovely teacups (see mine above):


Plus, pretty fresh flowers,

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And plates of cheerful cookies,


Expectations –  exceeded.

I spoke with the lecturer (Amy Stallings, a doctoral candidate at William & Mary) after her talk and thanked her for sharing her research and insights.  At some point in our conversation I mentioned how lovely the event was and what an unexpected surprise the china cups and plates of pretty cookies were.  Her response, “Janeites* would never do something halfway.”

I immediately realized the error in my reasoning.  When you’re passionate about something, you give it your full attention.  Your very best.  Throw-away styrofoam is not an option.

*The event was hosted by the Central Virginia Region of The Jane Austen Society of North America.  Austen aficionados sometimes refer to themselves as Janeites.

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2 thoughts on “Styrofoam Expectations, China Teacup Realities”

    1. marychrisescobar

      Definitely check them out! I was so impressed. This was their first event. They mentioned things like movie nights and Jane-referenced card game nights. Sounds awesome!

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