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Written by Robbin
(9/20/2007 12:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 37 and 38; Walking with Mrs Chamberlayne...., penned by JulieW
I enjoyed Jane’s description of her grand walk with Mrs. Chamberlayne very much indeed. It is a marvelous action scene and a delightful piece of daily life. I wonder if everyone else in the party just did not want to go so far or at such a pace—her comment about their having a tête-à-tête anyway after the first two yards gives me this idea. Her description creates a picture of them for me, like Lizzy, walking a fast pace with some impatient activity, something like elegant speed walkers in long gowns and hats. Was Jane was encumbered by a parasol? She seems a bit disapproving of Mrs. Chamberlayne’s neglect of one or maybe she is only criticizing the incapable hat the lady is wearing. I especially liked Jane’s description of Mrs. Chamberlayne’s crossing of the church yard—afraid of being buried alive. I do like Jane’s almost grudging admiration of Mrs. Chamberlayne. I also like Jane’s attitude, “I could with difficulty keep pace with her—yet would not flinch for the world.” Thanks for the maps and information JulieW, they hit the spot just right. The picture of Bath at the bottom of your message is lovely; the two ladies particularly suit my fancy in connection with Jane’s grand walk. (;D)
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