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|I love it when in chapter 27
Written by JulieW
(1/27/2004 9:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Gardiner: a sensible woman giving sensible advice, penned by kathleen (elder)
The day passed most pleasantly away: the morning in bustle and shopping, and the evening at one of the theatres.
Elizabeth then contrived to sit by her aunt. Their first subject was her sister; and she was more grieved than astonished to hear, in reply to her minute enquiries, that though Jane always struggled to support her spirits, there were periods of dejection. It was reasonable, however, to hope that they would not continue long. Mrs. Gardiner gave her the particulars also of Miss Bingley's visit in Gracechurch Street, and repeated conversations occurring at different times between Jane and herself, which proved that the former had, from her heart, given up the acquaintance
Imagine having such a conversation today in the theatre! LOL.But it was not rude of Mrs Gardiner or Elizabeth to do talk so; it was quite accepted behaviour for the audience.
And remember that the theatres were not darkened durning the performance becasue of the limitations on theatre lighting during the Georgian/Regency period.
Makes one very sympathetic to the poor actors, however,doesn't it?No wonder they had sometimes to rant like Mr Yates ;-O
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