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Written by Linda Fern
(4/24/2003 9:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Travelling on a Sunday, penned by Linden
] There are many reasons why General Tilney is wrong, but no mention is made by anyone of the fact that he is forcing her to take a journey on the sabbath.
IMHO JA does not often "slap you up side the head" with things. In this instance, I would assume that most of her contemporary readers were church goers and there were some things one just "knew". It was unnecessary to say it or make a "to do". They would automatically pick up on that fact. That taboo was peculiar to that church and time (I don't know what they believe now a days). I was aware of such taboos because (I forget which book) I read of a practice (it was in America, the 1800s) where no work or play was done on Sunday. It was memorable because the little boys sneaked out and rode their sleds. They got caught BTW. Even in the 1920s or 1930s I was told that a man was expelled from attending church for reading the comics on Sunday. That church no longer has that taboo BTW.
From your post below:
] All the same, apart from that line `We are Christians', does he show any evidence of religious -- as opposed to moral -- conviction or action?
I will have to look further into that. Good point!
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