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Written by Barbara
(9/19/2005 3:58 p.m.)
We are told that Anne "had been a very pretty girl, but her bloom had vanished early" and that an "early loss of bloom and spirits" had been the lasting effect of her former attachment and attendant regrets.
Elizabeth was "in her first bloom" at age 16 or thereabouts, shortly after her mother's death.
We are also given an idea of what bloom is not: being haggard, coarse, crow's feet about the eyes, being faded and thin, or possibly even having delicate fatures.
In S&S, John Dashwood speaks of Marianne having lost her bloom following her illness.
Is there any such thing as a real definition of what constituted 'bloom' or 'blooming' in Regency times?
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