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|Is Meryton that small?
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/11/2013 9:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, So can we assume.., penned by Jim Morris
Longbourn village is presumably small, but Meryton should be larger. Lydia mentions Clarke's library & Miss Morton's (also a lending library?), and the narrator mentions a milliner. And Mrs Bennet says they dine w/ 24 families, only part of the neighbourhood, I assume.
The soldiers could be housed in both Meryton and an adjacent town. In a previous post I quoted Deirdre Le Faye re the (real) Derbyshire Militia in Hertfordshire:
in historical fact it was the Derbyshire Militia who came to Hertfordshire in the winter of 1794-5, and whose troops were divided between the towns of Hertford and Ware and the surrounding area.
In the end, we don't know how large (the fictional town of) Meryton is, nor do we know how large the (fictional) militia is.
It does seem that the soldiers will have some impact on the story: we have the names of two of them; Elizabeth had a conversation Col Forster; and (as you say) Kitty & Lydia seem to be infatuated w/ them. :-)
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