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Written by Robbin
(8/29/2005 8:16 a.m.)
In letter 4, JA speculates how and when she will get back to Steventon and it is obvious that she would be happy to return home sooner rather than later but has no choice but to wait and make the best of it until a brother is available to escort her. Could it be that the brother would have to pay the expense of it too? I think this must have sometimes been hard to live with this kind of restrictions even if you have done so all of your life. This does not stop her from putting Eleanor & Marianne, Anne Elliot, and Fanny Price through it also. I do not suppose that young ladies in their station of life would be believed to be able to travel without some glitches and that is why they do not get to places any easier than their creator. Are there any other problems with traveling aside from the need to be escorted and cost which would play into JA’s predicament? I think that it is situations like these traveling problems, of which JA is so familiar, that makes her stories so very believable.
(It has been too long since I read NA so I did not consider it)
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