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Written by Mandy N
(5/2/2005 8:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Blind spots, penned by Elena
The vicar mentions in his new neighborhood, a farming community, the local people observed certain festivals.
They showed wit on first of April was and cracked nuts on Michaelmas eve. (ch.4)
I wonder if such festivals were generally celebrated or only certain counties of mid-Eighteenth century England.
My impression is the Vicar and family travelled to an isolated, poorer parish. However, the farming people knew how to make merry!
Does Jane Austen refer to any of these festivals? I think Mrs Bennet mentions Michaelmas.
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