Written by Line
(11/9/2003 1:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR:Chap.7-On Pleasure bent again?, penned by Tara O'Donnell
Yes - the one that got me was in chapter 5, where AV talks about 18th-century women having "talismanic associations" with their furniture and other possessions, as though she were discussing a recently-discovered tribe whose attitudes were totally different from our own. If Elizabeth Shackleton et al had "talismanic associations" with particular objects, then so do I!
] Interesting to note that while public performances were enjoyed at the theater,private theaticals were considered potentially improper for women.
I must have missed this. Would you mind telling me what page it's on?
What I found interesting was the description of an assembly on p.239. I always thought "assembly" was just another word for a ball, but according to AV, it was "an evening gathering accommodating dancing, cards, tea, and, perhaps above all, talk", so these other activities didn't just happen as an afterthought for people who didn't feel like dancing, but were part of the reason for holding the event in the first place.
Then on p.241, it says: "the stalwarts of the provincial assembly were the lesser gentry, the professions and the genteel trades", and further down the page: "commentators again and again drew attention to the high visibility of women, and, unsurprisingly, the presence of young marriageable women by the score. [my emphasis]
Sound like an event that took place in Meryton in P&P? ;-)
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