|GR: Confined and unvarying?? (Ch. 1)
Written by Barbara
(10/19/2003 3:18 p.m.)
On p. 15 of Chapter 1, I was reading about the construction of the Blue Bell turnpike and thinking, first of all "What is a turnpike?" (I've heard the term before, even in modern use, but don't understand what distinguishes it from a regular road or highway?), and seconldy "What's this got to do with anything?"
But of course it was very important to the marital fortunes of everyone if it were easier to travel from one area to another. I was thinking of Mr. Darcy's observation in Ch. 9 of P&P "In a country neighbourhood you move in a very confined and unvarying society." Of course, he is used to a great deal more 'movement' and comings and goings in his day to day existence--"What is fifty miles of good road?"
But, I suppose that was a real issue for people looking for marriage prospects. IF there was no one eligible around, and no one came into the neighbourhood, what would you do?
It's treated humourously in Northanger Abbey:
The Dashwood sisters find their future mates first of all by having someone new come to them (Edward) and then by moving themselves and meeting other people.
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