Written by Line
(11/12/2003 8:46 p.m.)
Tourism always seemed like such a modern phenomenon to me, but it's obvious from JA's novels that being a tourist was quite a common thing in her time, too. In P&P, the Gardners and Elizabeth visited not only Pemberley but other "stately homes" as tourists, and there's a line in "Emma" that made me think that more than one tourist group was picnicking on Box Hill!
On p.252, AV talks about how "both the tour and the day-trip were popular diversions during this period", but then she adds: "In addition to predictable visits to county seats and pretty views, genteel tourists examined bridges and factories, hospitals and almshouses", and mentions "the female fascination with engineering"! Some things have changed! Can you imagine modern tourists using their vacation time to tour a hospital or an almshouse?
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