... but would we have read?
Posted by Sarah P on March 20, 1998 at 05:29:41:
In response to She'd write!, written by P. Bingham on March 19, 1998 at 18:54:56
I would agree that she would have definitely gone on writing, despite having other duties and responsibilities. However, I doubt whether she would have been published in her lifetime. As a dependent spinster she had more incentive not just to write for fun, but to give herself even a degree of financial independence, to be able to contribute. As a married woman, possibly with children, she wouldn't have had as need for that independence. I know she didn't get much money for her work, but psychologically it must have been important. While a modern married woman may still be allowed the desire for 'space', I don't think a Regency husband would have understood. After all, even Lizzie Bennet has to tone down her 'playfulness' at Darcy's expense once they are engaged. So her loss is our gain.
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