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|Being from a large city myself...
Written by Cathy Allen
(5/3/2007 12:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Except that..., penned by Line
I'd feel somewhat apprehensive of the natives if I were to travel into some backwoods place in, say, the Ozarks. (My apologies to the people in the Ozarks, however, did you ever see the movie "Deliverance?" -- yes I know it was just a movie, but hopefully you get my drift here!) I'd wonder what I'd be getting myself into. I hope I'd be more sensitive than Mr. Darcy, and have better social skills than he, but then I'm considerably older than he was, and have considerably more experience, at my advanced age, in dealing with people. Mr. Darcy was from the country, but with a very sophisticated family and background, so I'd say he's more "big-city" type; he does have a house in town. I'd guess though, that he worked hard at being the "Master" and perhaps didn't bother getting into the social milieu much. His time was normally better spent than in going to hick-town assemblies, but he's humoring his friend, Bingley, by going to this one. I think he wants to help Bingley learn to be a land owner, that's why he's there. His attitude at the Meryton Assembly wasn't much help, though, was it!
As far as "a crash course in dealing with social situations," I'm sure the young ladies had such a thing in Georgian/Regency England, but, as you mentioned, did the young men? I'm sure someone here at Pemberley knows the truth about this, but I suspect that the young men were taught by their fathers, or NOT. Which makes sense to me, as the young ladies had everything to lose if they weren't polite, and the young men, especially rich, landed young men, had nothing to lose. They could pick and chose. I agree with Silvia O.
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