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Written by Line
(9/29/2005 7:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Distances in Persuasion, penned by Line
Thanks for the reminder about the harp, Cheryl, but it sounds like the Musgroves would have come by carriage anyway. I agree that practically everybody today would take a car to go 3 miles, Annette, but I was thinking that a lady without her own carriage, like Anne, would have been dependent on the convenience of others to go anywhere, and if I really wanted to see my sister (which is a very questionable point in her case, I know ;-), I wouldn't let 3 miles stop me. Also, as Maryanne points out, it was frowned on for single young ladies to go out by themselves, yet I wonder how pervasive that was. I remember reading somewhere that JA herself was a great walker, and I suspect the rules may have been relaxed for a lady no longer in her first youth ;-) (though I have no proof of that).
I guess one thing that bothers me about all JA's novels, even allowing for the lack of effective medical care at the time, is that her upper-class women are so often (dare I say it?) awfully wimpy. It reminds me of the the old "Princess and the Pea" fairy tale. How do you distinguish yourself from the lower orders? You show yourself to be so terribly delicate and sensitive that you *must* belong to a separate (and higher) group than the rest of the world!
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