|GR: Lydia's entertainments on a budget
Written by Deborah Julia
(11/12/2003 12:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Lydia Wickham gone to the north, penned by Myretta
Page 236 (last para.) talks of "milita reviews (Lydia would certainly enjoy these), to ladies' processions (don't know what these entailed but I'm sure Lydia would not be adverse to joining in), firework displays(if free, yes, if not I'm sure Lydia whould find a good viewing point), magic shows (if she had to pay probably not), the exhibition of "unfortunates [my words, not Vickery's], I hope not! and dancing dogs (not sure if Lydia would or wouldn't attend these).
I thought maybe the trials of criminals and spicey civil cases (criminal conversation) would attract Lydia but as Vickery mentions these were profit making, maybe the price of the admission would put her off.
Without knowing the cost of the admition to public assemblies it's hard to say if Lydia would be able to attend. I have a feeling she would wangle the price of admission somehow.
As a married lady she could of course have become a chaperon to motherless, auntlesss, unmarried young ladies and have the cost of admittance to assemblies and balls defrayed. Lydia as a chaperon! Perish the thought!
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