Perks of being a lady
Posted by Caroline on February 24, 1998 at 21:11:24:
In response to plight?, written by Miller on February 24, 1998 at 11:40:34
I will never understand why the female of our species would throw away all the percs that once went with being a lady,but I suppose there's a whole world of things that I don't understand.
We are to start a group read of the Jane Austen-a life by Diane Tomalin on March 1. In that book, as in many of the Austen biographies, she details exactly how Jane Austen felt about this. After all, Austen herself was offered matrimony by a fairly rich young man, well known and liked by her family, and if she had married him, she would have solved quite a few of her financial problems. Maybe if you read it with us, or followed the conversation, you might get a better idea of the acceptableness of these 'perks'.It might even give you a clearer idea of the meaning of the word 'lady' in Jane Austen's time.
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