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|L&T question: "sandy-haired" Col Wallis -- Chap15
Written by Cathy Allen
(10/23/2008 12:02 p.m.)
In Chapter 15, I was struck by Elizabeth and Mrs. Clay's thinking that "sandy-hair" was NOT something to be admired. Certainly in at least mid-20th century America, blonde hair was considered the ultimate in beauty. Two TV ads spring immediately to mind: "Is it true blondes have more fun?" and "If I have only one life, let me live it as a blonde." (I have certainly dated myself here, haven't I -- HA!)
Are there any references for this dislike of "sandy-hair" being true in JA's era? Actually, I can't imagine that JA would have used it here if it weren't true, but I'm still interested to know. Thanks in advance for any answers!
How standards of beauty change through the years!
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