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Springfield Students Retrace Jane Austen's Steps in England

A group of students from Evangel University is on the other side of the Atlantic, touring the English countryside. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

The students are following in the footsteps of literary giant Jane Austen. They’ve already been to the village of Steventon, where Austen was born…and Chawton, where she published several of her greatest works, included “Pride and Prejudice.”

The students are accompanied by English professor Dr. Diane Aubrey – who teaches a course on Jane Austen at Evangel – and Dr. Steve Badger, professor of chemistry.

Earlier, we tracked down Dr. Badger by phone in his hotel in Bath, England, where Jane Austen spent five years of her life, and he gave us an update of the tour so far.

Badger said he's primarily the chauffer, and that driving on the left side of the road has been an interesting experience.

The group rented a van and headed south to the village of Steventon, where they visited the church where Austen's father was the pastor.

Badger said the church was "in the middle of nowhere," and that the road to get there was barely wider than their van.

Then the group went to Winchester, and saw the Jane Austen House, where Austen spent the last few years of her life.

The students also went to Chawton House, where Austen lived when her book "Pride and Prejudice" was published. The students did research in the Chawton Library while they were there.

The students are now in Bath, England.

The group is scheduled to return to Springfield next Monday.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.