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MY HAPPY PLACE: AN AFTERNOON AT LONGBOURN AND PEMBERLY

Julia Trogani - May 4, 2016

The Online Slang Dictionary defines “My Happy Place” as “an envisioned calm place”. I would define “My Happy Place” as a favorite place – whether real or imagined- that I can return to again and again, that not only offers an escape from everyday stresses, but also brings the same kind of warm, contented satisfaction you get when with visiting old friends or a eating a big plate of mashed potatoes.

For me, this usually involves stepping into a story set in another era . My deep love of period pieces (especially British) began as a kid watching Masterpiece Theatre with my Mom. From there I began exploring my Dad’s collection of classic literature for books or plays that I’d seen dramatized on TV and in movies: Shakespeare, Dickens, Hardy and above all Jane Austen.  A keen observer of human nature, Jane Austen wrote characters with humor, intelligence, wit and very human failings then set them against the formal, structure and manners of 19th Century English society. Add to this idyllic settings in London, Bath, and numerous country manors and estates and the result for me is pure bliss…

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