"The smooth working of society depended on a round of visits, dinners and evening parties, sometimes enlivened by cards, music, dancing or amateur theatricals; and there were also regular outings to balls and assemblies, plays and concerts. Bath and other spas were active centres of entertainment of all kinds; and the seaside resort was steadily growing in importance. Jane Austen experienced all these herself and put them to good use in her novels; but she also registered the act that quiet, solitary pursuits such as reading, walking or the inevitable needlework might be more to the taste of a Fanny Price or an Anne Elliot. Male characters employ their leisure in a number of sports, often glimpsed offstage - shooting, hunting, racing, gaming."--BOOK JACKET. "Jane Austen and Leisure identifies leisure and its use as a central characteristic of Jane Austen's work."--BOOK JACKET.
As in many households in the late eighteenth century, writing verses was a pastime with the Austen family, and the composition of ingenious riddles and charades provided a source of lively entertainment. This volume of verses by Jane Austen and her family contains all the known poems by Jane herself as well as a selection of work by her mother, her sister Cassandra, four of her brothers, her uncle James, her nieces Anna and Fanny, her nephew James Edward and other relatives. David Selwyn provides an introduction and full explanatory notes; his transcriptions, taken from autograph manuscripts or from the earliest copies, are precise in terms of spelling punctuation and layout.
Evaluation of Steel Bridge Inspection Instruments Acoustic Crack Detector (ACD), Magnetic Crack Definer (MCD)
This report discusses the field testing and evaluation of a steel bridge inspection device developed for FHWA by the Southwest Research Institute and tested in cooperation with ten participating state highway departments including Connecticut, California, Montana, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, and Virginia. The device was used on various types and ages of steel bridges ranging from wrought iron trusses to modern bridge steels. The study concluded that the disadvantages with conventional non-destructive test equipment have not been eliminated with the ACD/MCD system: that is, extensive operator training is still required, and little or no production rate of inspected members of bridges is feasible.
This book provides a comprehensive and contemporary account of modern views on the mechanisms and regulation of natural immunity to infection, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. It considers the interplay of genetic, environmental, and pathological factors in modulating natural resistance.
Linda Cartell, a high flier in the London Property Market, quits her position after the company sells out in a hostile takeover bid. She decides to chill out at her mother's highland holiday cottage, where a frightening encounter with Highland cows leads to her meeting a fascinating stranger who comes to her aid. A gripping story of love, big business and world travel leads the reader on a whirlwind journey filled with passion and high drama. A Romance with a terrific story full of tenderness and love, but with the thriller that the reader won't want to put down.