|GR - Mrs. Elton in the intro?
Written by LaurieC
(10/19/2003 1:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - more from the intro, penned by LaurieC
I was interested in this section: "By the 1730s in most large towns it was possible for wealthier women to pursue a host of public activities and yet remain well within the bounds of propriety..." Vickery then mentions a "proliferation of charitable institutions."
For some reason, I can see Mrs. Elton as being the sort to become involved in various benevolent societies, due to her eagerness to form a musical club in her new locale. Not that she would expend her own funds, but she seems the sort to organize others to expend theirs! ;-)
Are there any other instances of these sorts of "societies" in JA's novels? I see this as an example of women, whose usefulness might be decreased in one area (i.e., the homefront), finding other outlets for their energy. Of course, Mrs. Elton might not be the best illustration of this, since as a clergyman's wife she'd be expected to perform some charitable duties, but I still imagine she'd be the sort to get involved in such activities in the larger town where she earlier resided.
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