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Written by JulieW
(5/6/2007 11:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Questions about needlework, penned by Robbin
Sick room attendance was probalby a longer process in our era. I think having a piece of work to hand to occupy the time when the patient was too ill to talk or was sleeping was a good idea.
As to the poor basket: hmm........ I'm not sure that Mrs Bennet would approve, do you? The woman who , in Chapter 13 is most put out by the suggestion that her girls might actually do work in the kitchen( that is, cook) would not I am sure approve of them employing their hands in making utilitarian clothes etc( well, not in teh presence of Mr Bingley his sisters and Mr Darcy,certainly!)
I think it far more likely that she would wish them to work pretty pictures in silk. Here are two examples of "painted " silk pictures from the early 19th century and of their prettiness and relative "uselessness" I am sure Mrs Bennet would approve
I will be posting more on the subject of poor basket for the Mansfield Park Group Read, but may I note here that even if there was not encouragement withinin Longbourn house for the Bennet girls to make such articles from their mother, they could , on their own initative purchase books which contianed patterns and instructions for the making up of clothes for the poor. For example , the book Instructions for Cutting Out Apparel for the Poor was published in 1789 and was a cloth bound book with 13 fold in patterns for humble clothing. It was piblished with the intent to
assist the Parents of Poor Children beloinging to Sunday School to Cloathe them and other useful obervations.
I'm sure Jane and Elizabeth as part of their own private charitable work knew how to make such garments and would have been able to assist with a poor basket.
As for any charitable endeavor, it was of course up to the individual to decide the level of their involvment .And teh Bingely sister really have no parish where they could be lady patrones and help out, do they? They are only living at Netherfield because Mr Bignely has taken a short lease. If they had a pemanant home in a great estate with village (s) under thier influence, then that might prompt them if not personally to work to fill a poor basket, then at least to supevise its distribution by others( for I agree they don't seem the types of to be able to motivate themselves to think of others in this way ;-)
Just my thoughts of course ;-)
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