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Written by BarbarB
(9/25/2006 9:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think I recall what you may be referring to, penned by Tracy W
Your MP citation jogged my memory. It was used as a reference in Jane Austen for Dummies, by Joan Klingel Ray, Phd in a section called '"Coming Out" as a young lady'. (I had been looking in the section under "Raising the children".) It stated: "Until a gentry girl turned 16, she lived a quiet, protected, isolated life at home and school. Demure in company, she wasn't to call attention to herself, nor were adults, especially young gentlemen, meant to afford her any attention socially." This obviously only applies to young ladies. As for young men and children in transition to young ladies and gentlemen, it's not so clear. I still have the impression for some reason that, once reaching a certain age, they were expected to keep a low profile in the presence of company. I don't know if I read something somewhere else or if it's just a general accumulated impression over the years of being immersed in Austen. In any case, thanks for helping to set the record straight.
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