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Written by Karen G.
(2/26/2003 6:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bath vs Steventon, penned by Laura Dawn
I agree that Bath and her intimate knowledge of the place were a great part of Jane's books. But I could well imagine that she did regard Bath similar to the way Anne did in Persuasion... her father retiring - no hustle and bustle of students and learning and brothers, etc. And she 25 already and probably was already feeling some pressure or obligation to find a husband. Bath was not a carefree place. It was a place to see and be seen, and that isn't conducive to quietness and space for creative writing necessarily. Steventon sounded like such a fun place to grow up, and I'm sure if I were Jane, I would be loath to leave it.
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