Posted by Kate on December 02, 1997 at 13:11:11:
It seems from Lizzy's speech at the end of Chapter 27, that Jane Austen had been through the early 19C equivalent of too many boring slide nights... (do you have those in America?)
"... And when we do return, it shall not be like other travellers, without being able to give one accurate idea of any thing. We will know where we have gone -- we will recollect what we have seen. Lakes, mountains, and rivers shall not be jumbled together in our imaginations; nor, when we attempt to describe any particular scene, will we begin quarrelling about its relative situation. Let our first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of
It sounds like Jane Austen had heard too many people return from their travels without any idea what they had seen where!
As someone who travels a lot, I like this call to accuracy and interest in recollecting one's travels!
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