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Written by Chandra S
(2/1/2004 9:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some more explanations needed, penned by Art
I am sure someone with a more precise understanding of history could help me here, but I have gained the impression that frequent letter writing was something of an expensive hobby in Regency times. Both paper and postage were high, which is why, for example, Darcy says he hasn't got room to express Caroline's "raptures" about G's table design in his current letter. With modern references, we might think "so, why couldn't he just add another sheet of paper and go on writing?" but, since postage was charged by the sheet, that would add to the cost. This is why letters of that time were often cross-written, and why a "close" (small but still neat) handwriting style was a prized quality.
So, even though my impression is that the Gardiner's are financially comfortable, it is possible that frequent correspondence would be more of a luxury expense than you might think.
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