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Written by Rachel G
(10/8/2010 6:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, There are millenia of traditions associating EAST..., penned by Cathy Allen
To me the East Room always seems like Fanny's sanctuary (another word that is loaded with symbolism). It is the only place in the generally unfriendly environment of Mansfield Park where she has the freedom to simply be herself.
I don't dispute your ideas about the symbolic significance of the east. However I would observe that in eastern England the east side of a house is likely to be rather cold - plagued in winter by east winds that feel as if they have cone straight from Siberia. In a big house without central heating, rooms on the south-west side of the building would be far more comfortable. I'll bet that is where the Miss Bertrams had their rooms.
It's just a thought.
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