Posted by Lizard on February 14, 1998 at 02:32:10:
In response to Visiting Pemperley, written by Constanza on February 10, 1998 at 15:33:00
It was an accepted part of the life of the aristocratic owners of C18 great houses that their houses were open to visitors during certain seasons. It was a recognised perquisite of the housekeeper of these grand houses that she kept the 'tip' given by the tourers. Because of the expected size of the tip, undesirables were kept out. Designated public days throughout the year were published in various gazettes and at other times, potential visitors could contact the housekeeper to ascertain whether or not they could visit.
These estATES WERE HUGE, TOWNS OF THEIR OWN IN SOME CASES AND THE OWNERS USED TO LIVING A PUBLIC LIFE. tHEY WOULDN'T HAVE THE SANE FEELINGS AS WE DO ABOUT STRANGERS IN THEIR HOMES. sTRANGERS WERE NOT SHOWN INTO THE PRIVATE APARTMENTS OF THE FAMILY, EITHER.
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