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Written by Bridget D
(9/20/2010 1:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I disagree. It was well-known in Jane Austen's time, penned by AnnetteJ
Yes I think that AUSTEN knew how the words might be interpreted, but not all her readers would. And Im not sure how far such a subject might be joked about in mixed company, however it might be spoken about in all male dinners... Soceity's manners were beginning to become more "polite" and "elegant" by the Regency than tehy had been in the 18th C, though not as "prim and proper" as they would become later in the Victorian age.
Besides, as I've said the Bertrams weren't "metropolitan" and free speaking aristocrats liek Mary's own circle might just be..Even if she's only joking generally about vices, I think that she has misjudged her company and that she's "going too far" by such jokes, since they are not likely to be thought amusing by country gentry like the Bertrams....
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