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Written by Line
(5/31/2007 11:59 p.m.)
In ch.42, it says that Lydia's letters to her mother "contained little else than that they were just returned from the library, where such and such officers had attended them, and where she had seen such beautiful ornaments as made her quite wild." Thanks to this GR, I now know that Regency libraries often doubled as bookstores, but what were the beautiful ornaments that Lydia was so wild about? Did libraries also double as gift shops?
Later, thinking of Derbyshire and Darcy, Elizabeth tells herself: "But surely," said she, "I may enter his county with impunity, and rob it of a few petrified spars without his perceiving me." For some reason, those "petrified spars" make me think of fossils, or maybe interestingly-shaped driftwood that people bring home as a souvenir from a trip to the ocean. What was it that Elizabeth was thinking of?
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