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Emma: Picnicking on Box Hill

Whether you are heading to our “Box Hill” Picnic today or not, here’s a lovely post about the Box Hill picnic in “Emma.”

If you would like to join our picnic today, bring your picnic lunch down to Kamiak Butte from 12-4!

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Jane Austen's World

They had a very fine day for Box Hill … Nothing was wanting but to be happy when they got there. Seven miles were travelled in expectation of enjoyment, and every body had a burst of admiration on first arriving…Jane Austen, Emma


One of the most famous scenes in Emma is the picnic scene on Box Hill. Picnics were becoming increasingly popular at the turn of the nineteenth century, when romantic sensibility influenced the trend of eating out of doors as a way to commune with nature. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term picnic originally meant “A fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions; now, A pleasure party including an excursion to some spot in the country where all partake of a repast out of doors: the participants may bring with them individually the viands and means of entertainment, or the…

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