Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #6 - Jane Austen for Dummies

I haven't been bloggity-blogging too much lately, since I am at the point in the semester where I have a lot of papers and projects going on, but I can't pass up another Teaser Tuesday!  It's a weekly meme hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, and it's easy to participate:  just grab your current read and post a couple teaser sentences - be careful not to include any spoilers, though!

I know mine is going up later than I normally would have liked, but it's still Tuesday, so here it is:

 "Introduced to England from Germany in 1812, the waltz had a catchy rhythm, but it required the partners to be in close physical proximity, with the male partner's arm around the female's waist.  Four years after its introduction, the scandalous waltz was approved by England's great dancing arbiter, Thomas Wilson.  Even then, the waltz was only approved for married couples who were dancing together!" (p. 107)

Just one of many fun facts about Georgian England! So if you ever wondered why, in the books or films you never see the characters doing anything but a country dance or a reel, here is your answer! Other dances were likely too risqué.  Can't imagine what people from the Regency would think if they saw how people dance now!


  1. Love it, I love that the waltz was regency's version of Dirty Dancing..if only they could see Patrick Swayze.... Thanks for stopping by my TT post! Book Savvy Babe

  2. LOL I know what you mean! School + blogging = very, very busy!! But I'm glad you decided to still participate in Teaser Tuesdays! :)

    Awesome teaser, Colleen! It made me laugh -- this whole BOOK sounds like it's full of laughs! I mean, when the title is Jane Austen for Dummies, you know you have a hilarious story on your hands! ;)

  3. I do think this book would be a fun one to have on my shelves. Thanks for sharing that tidbit!

  4. So funny! Imagine their surprise if they could witness modern day dancing in general...eek. LOL!

  5. I hadn't heard of this book before, but the English major in me is squealing at the prospect of reading it!

  6. Ahahaha. I love this! Plus, it's hard to imagine the waltz being scandalous! Eek. :)