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Posted by Greg on January 04, 1998 at 23:08:56:
In response to Question on NA movie, written by Sue M. on January 04, 1998 at 19:35:49
I recently saw the 'Northanger Abbey' movie from the 80's (Is that the only one?) and I saw something kind of weird. Why was everyone standing in a pool-type thing with their huge dresses on? I've never seen or heard of a thing like that before. Was it common in Bath?
I thought this was pretty weird when I first saw it also, especially with that crazy music playing. This same question came up on this page a few months ago, but I couldn't find the answer in the archives, so I'll try to summarize. Those "huge dresses" are "bathing suits" from 1797, and everyone is bathing in the Bath water, which was supposed to be good for what ailed ya. The trays they're holding are either to hold their personal effects while they bathe, and/or for scents, depending on who you talk to. The fact that we don't understand what we're seeing shows how much some things have changed in 200 years. Also check-out the "Life in the Regency" page that's linked to Rep. of Pemberley for more history.
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