Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Jane Austen and Baseball?

Did anyone else catch the reference to cricket and baseball which occurred near the beginning of the excellent tv adaptation of Northanger Abbey?

Baseball?

I can't pretend to be an expert on the recreational pursuits of the age but it didn't quite ring true to me. Was it a reference to an early form of rounders perhaps, did the British really adopt baseball before the Americans, or was it merely a slip of the script-writer's pen? Does anyone know?

Wendy

2 comments:

Jane O said...

From Northanger Abbey-'...that Catherine, who had by nature nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, base ball, riding on horseback...' I suspect Jane Austen played base ball and cricket with her brothers-the game obviously didn't catch on here in quite the same way as in the States, but I'm sure must have been similar to rounders.

Anonymous said...

I noticed this as well and wondered. Rounders would probably have been played but I somehow think it was a slip up to use that name, which is an American term for a similar game to rounders. It didn't spoil things for me, but the BBC wouldn't have made that mistake