Posted by Caroline on January 27, 1998 at 10:40:17:
In response to I need your help again, written by Constanza on January 27, 1998 at 09:21:15
Most small towns had an Assembly Room, a public building designed to be dancehall, exhibition room, impromptu theatre, meeting place. The one at Lyme Regis (for real, not in the book) I think, was attatched to the public library.The Assemblies were run by the local council as public entertainment. I believe the Bath Assembly Rooms were private, however.
As to the Novels, Highbury doesn't have one, and never did ..they make do with the local Inn, and it's up to Emma and Frank to arrange one. The Meryton one might well have been the upper room of the Inn too. Northanger Abbey makes use of Both Assembly Rooms in Henry's bantering inquisition of Catherine.
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