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|GR: Why the 12th?
Written by Cheryl
(4/7/2003 6:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, 12th Light Dragoons and JA, penned by Captain Everett
] So the question does remain, *why* she chose to single out *that* particular regiment? Not simply *a* Light Dragoon regiment, or a thinly veiled reference that many contemporaries might get anyway, but deliberately spelled out.
According to the 12th Light Dragoons' homepage: "The 12th then returned to England in 1795 and were used to suppress a food riot in Nottingham."
JA mentions Capt. Tilney and the 12th in relation to the regiment being called up to quell a supposed riot. Would it be too simplistic to imagine that the 12th's actions in the Nottinghom riot three years before she wrote NA, would still be fresh in JA's mind, and when she needed a regiment to supress a riot, she pulled that one out of her memory?
Too easy? :-/
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