Posted by Andrea Jutson on February 11, 1998 at 23:23:44:
In response to Hmmm..., written by Andrea on February 10, 1998 at 15:35:52
Here's a quote I got from a book I have (Jane Austen In Style by Susan Watkins- also known as Jane Austen's Town and Country Style):
"Visits to the country seats of the wealthy were becoming popular outings for both the English and foreigners. Housekeepers of the great houses were well skilled in guiding visitors through their establishments, pointing out the portraits of noble ancestors, their master's fine taste in their choice of furnishings, the elegance of the rooms and the splendour of the vistas. Outside, a retinue of groundsmen and gardeners would appear to explain the laying out of the park or the technology of the forcing gardens, all of them hat in hand with the other hand extended in expectation of some monetary reward for their exertions."
I also think I read somewhere about this famous person around those times whose house was so popular with visitors, he almost had to move out. Apparently they even used to go into his bedroom while he was trying to sleep! I don't think this was too common, though! Eventually, I seem to remember he was forced to put a restriction on the visiting season. It was considered ill-natured to block visitors from your house entirely, I think, as well as the fact that showing off your house gave you better prestige.
Hope this helps!
- There it is... P. Bingham 20:52:48 2/12/98 (0)
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