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|with less of splendor, and more real elegance
Written by Stephanie
(5/20/2010 12:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Art and Nature of Lizzy and Darcy (Long), penned by BarbaraB
I would guess that Longbourne house should be one end of the spectrum, and Rosings Park the other. But we have a problem: Longbourne house is not described! They have a prettyish kind of wilderness across their lawn, a copse (which may be the same 'wilderness'), a shrubbery, and interior furnishings that Mrs. Bennet is proud of and Mr. Collins praises. (Do we take either of them as knowledgeable about 'elegant' or 'fashionable'?)
However, Rosings Park IS described quite well enough for us to guess that it is an example of 'improved' landscaping. Knowing Lady CatdB, I would guess it highly-ornamented, strictly planned, and full of orderly design -- which is why Elizabeth compared Rosings unfavourably to Pemberley. Elizabeth's appreciation of the interior of Pemberley echoes her earlier dismissal of 'fine carpets and satin curtains;' she focuses on the beautiful prospects from the windows. So, while the rooms might be furnished comfortabley and tastefully, her real joy is in the grounds.
I wonder how much of the grounds reflects the current owner's decision, and how much his parents', from whom he no doubt imbibed a great deal on matters of taste?
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