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|JA's lack of partners
Written by BarbaraB
(4/17/2013 12:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well said, Therese!, penned by Cathy Allen
In her letters, Jane Austen cited instances of a scarcity of men and of having no partner sometimes at balls. Imagine if her sister Cassandra was dancing with a young man and he left the dance to encourage his friend to dance and he pointed out his partner's sister, Jane Austen, and she overheard his friend reply: "She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." after already insulting the assembly as a whole by his behavior. Yikes. I can't even in my wildest thoughts begin to imagine how Austen would think herself in the presence of a young man with manners and behaving like what was thought of as a Regency gentleman. Quite the contrary, I personally feel that her stated opinion later to her sister/family would be, while possibly humorous, a bit sarcastic and probably biting. From what I've read of/by her, she had no patience for displays by ill-mannered folks in public. :)
I just posted on this topic earlier (including whether Darcy knew Lizzy heard him or not), so if you're interested in further comments, see the link below.
|Darcy's Comments About Lizzy|
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