Posted by Laraine on March 04, 1998 at 16:55:08:
It would have driven me crazy to have relatives living in India (or any other far-flung spot) and have no idea how they were. Philadelphia's husband died and she didn't even know it for 6 months. How utterly awful. I'm sure if you had never conceived of the instant communication we have now, you didn't miss what you'd never had--but I know I would have tried hard to keep the important people in my life within a day's ride or so. For the first (and probably only) time, I have a bit of sympathy for Mr. Woodhouse's abhorrence of people getting married and leaving.
Difficulties in communicating come up sometimes in the novels--think of how Mrs. Musgrove treasures the one letter she received from son Dick (written at Wentworth's insistence), or think of how difficult it is to keep up a decent contact with Sir Thomas Bertram when he's in the Indies.
When I think of the fact that I can converse with friends from Australia and South Africa and Europe and Nevada and Canada all over the country and in the next city just by clicking the button for chat, I simply shake my head in wonder.
Laraine, utterly spoiled and thankful for it...
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