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|"Sport" vs "hunting"
Written by Heather Leigh
(9/11/2009 11:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The estimation of a sportsman..., penned by MarianneR
judging from Austen's usage, I'd infer that "sport" = shooting birds for fun, on foot, and "hunting" = shooting foxes for fun, on horseback. "Hunting" more expensive, more an occasion for display, more elegant... also a co-ed activity with a degree of flirtation/courtship. Whereas "sport" is primarily a men's activity, though girls might walk along.
Are there fox-hunting scenes in Austen?
And do rich people shoot deer for fun in the 19th century? That seems much too brutal and bloody for Austen's characters!
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