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Written by Cheryl
(8/30/2005 4:47 p.m.)
I was struck, particularly by today's letters, with how very many people Jane was acquainted. We tend to think of the countryside as being quiet, peaceful, sparsely populated and perhaps a bit dull. But Jane is dancing here and visiting there and seeing a ton of people wherever she is and telling Cassandra all the little tidbits of information she picks up. It really is a place where "every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies." (NA, Ch 24)
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