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Written by Stephanie
(9/26/2012 11:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Something I noticed, penned by Tess
Norland's pedigree as the family's home is established, rather dryly, in chapter one. But it is not really described. We know it is large, that there are woods and walks nearby, and... what else?
But Barton, especially the cottage, are described. We are given a floor plan, the situation; the feelings that it, and the servant's welcome, cause, is detailed. We are told of the neighborhood, sketchily, but steadily. The passages where we see the Dashwoods become inured to their new home, we are told enough to see it ourselves.
The only other place in Author Austen's novels that I can think of that was so well described was Pemberley, and I think I can see Barton Cottage even more clearly than that one, so important to the story!
I almost suspect that Author Austen was showing us some location she knew.
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