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Written by JulieW
(2/9/2004 5:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some random musings from week 4, penned by Art
The phrase "going up to/down from town" refrred, I have always believed , to London.
However, it is a phrase that indicates a certian vulagarity or imprecseness of language and could be frowned upon in polite society..Let 's consider who uses the phrase here- a servant and Lydia.
Mrs Reynolds was not probably very learned. JA was not above poking fun at servants language.The servant girl, employed by teh Austen's who referred to her mother simply as "mother" was mocked by JA in one of her letters, IIRC.
We know for certian that Lydia is not a learned or really polite girl.
Their manner of speech and use of a "slang " expression is an indication in JAs works, of a charcters lack of social standing, or lack of social propriety.
However as a gentlewoman,though not out of the "top drawer" she would certianly have seem Pemberly- being a local meant she had the geographical opportuntiy, if nothing else.;-)
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