|GR: Chap.4-the art of shopping
Written by Tara O'Donnell
(11/2/2003 9:55 a.m.)
As Line mentioned in her post,the idea of a "lady of leisure" is disputed by AV(it was enough of a job just to keep servants for longer than a few weeks!)and I find it amusing that the gentlemen of the time were considered to be shoppers of a limited range. I can well understand why one would be annoyed at a late delivery of food and once again,it shows the power of the Georgian ladies that they felt it was not a man's place to chose furnishings,clothes,etc.
AV also espouses the idea that shopping choices were to reflect on not only the taste but the values of the family;Mrs. Elton's constant boasts about what her sister had at Maple Grove were obviously an attempt to show what stylish connections she had but I'm sure most of the furnishings only showed how nouve riche they were(and really make Mrs. E look tacky for such talk!).
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