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|More thoughts on how Anne would know if CW was married
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(10/8/2008 5:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some thoughts ..., penned by Mandy N
This is not the most authoritative proof, but from Georgette Heyer's Regency novels, I got the impression that marriages and weddings were hardly considered official until they had been published in the "Morning Post", a newspaper apparently favoured by the upper classes. Now, I don't know if this was only true of the aristocracy, or if the gentry did the same, but I do get the impression that JA's world was smaller than ours, and that the choice of "correct" newspapers was smaller as well. I suspect that if Anne read the "right" newspaper regularly, including the weddings page, she might have a good chance of discovering whether Captain Wentworth had married or not. Remember the importance in P&P of Lydia's marriage being published in the newspaper, even though it was not done "properly", as her mother said!
Another clue is that later on in "Persuasion", we find out that arrivals and departures by the gentry in Bath were listed in the newspaper. I believe that when JA's own family went there, their stay was also chronicled in the paper. I was always surprised that any newspaper could manage to do this, since I always thought Bath was a fairly large city, with a fairly large transitory population, but apparently they managed it!
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