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|Another piece of the puzzle (and another question)
Written by Line
(5/19/2004 10:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Description of the Crawfords in ch.5, penned by Line
Some say he's black, but I say he's bonnie,
A note at the bottom of the page says that Johnie was probably a gypsy. This goes along with JA's description of the Crawfords, along with what others have said. It sounds like "black" in JA's time meant olive skin, dark eyes and dark hair, a more typically Mediterranean look.
However, the way she pairs "black" and "plain" makes me wonder if a "black" appearance was less admired in Regency times. Of course, Mary Crawford has the same colouring as her brother, but she is described as very pretty. I was just wondering if two people were equally good-looking, but one was blue-eyed, pale-skinned and blonde, while the other was dark-eyed, olive-skinned and dark-haired, would the second person be considered less attractive in JA's time just because of that?
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