|GR: The Gentleman's Daughter
Written by Myretta
(10/19/2003 8:37 a.m.)
I'd like to start out by asking you to review the Group Read conventions (linked below)and then a word about this particular book.
The Gentleman’s Daughter is based on actual correspondence and journals written the north of England during the 18th century. They reflect real life at that time.
But we know a lot of these people. As I read the book, I would think, “Oh, this is Mrs. Bennet’s family. These are the Bingleys” I think it would be fun and useful to try to relate what we’re reading to Jane Austen’s characters and her family.
Because these are real people, you will find that some of the language and situations are not what we would normally consider appropriate for Pemberley. Much of what concerns the people dealt with in the book is sex and religion. I hope that we can discuss the book, including these elements, without transgressing the Pemberley guidelines.
I think if we endeavor to discuss these issues within the context of their time, and with appropriate delicacy, we should not have a problem. We are feeling our way in dealing with this subject matter, so please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
So, let’s read the letters and journals and gossip about some our friends from the 18th Century.
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