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|Ch1. Black ribbons. (L&T question)
Written by Rachel G
(10/7/2008 10:26 a.m.)
Can anyone tell me what was considered "proper form" for the wearing of black ribbons as a token of mourning in 1813? I'm aware that much more elaborate mourning etiquette developed later in the 19th century. Who was expected to wear mourning ribbons, and for how close a relative or connection? For how long would such ribbons be worn? (I can't work out how recently Mr Elliot's wife died.)
I am trying to assess Elizabeth's motives for wearing her black ribbons. It seems rather odd to be wearing mourning tokens for a woman she has never met, the wife of a man who has given great offence to the family and from whom they have long been estranged. I think there is more going on than simply normal "correct" behaviour, since we hear nothing of Anne wearing similar mourning tokens.
Perhaps the late Mrs Elliot's status as the wife of the heir to the Baronetcy and to Kellynch is the critical factor in Elizabeth's thinking. Or could she possibly be making sure she is seen to be properly respectful because she secretly hopes that Mr Elliot will offer her marriage when his mourning is over?
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