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In Step With Jane Austen: A Novel Tour

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

WHERE: Northern Virginia and Washington.

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WHY: Austen power, sisters and spring rolls, 18th-century dance grooves.

HOW FAR: About 33 miles from start to finish.

You don't have to be a member of the Jane Austen Book Club to get your fill of the celebrated early-19th-century British author. Through April 6, "Masterpiece Classic" is airing adaptations of Austen's six novels on PBS. The series breaks for three weeks after today, but you can fill the dark time by embarking on an Austen-inspired jaunt.

Take a cue from Charles Bingley's haughty sister in "Pride and Prejudice," who said, "A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages." By sampling some of the Washington area's Austenesque arts and attractions, which we've paired with book recommendations, you certainly will become well-rounded ladies and gentlemen.

-- Jada Bradley

"Masterpiece Classic" ends its run of "Pride and Prejudice" today. The Austen series returns March 23 and runs through April 6. For details, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/austen. Check local listings for times.

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