But how's it done in Highbury?
Posted by Greg on April 13, 1998 at 20:14:54:
In response to Kissing in Portsmouth, written by The Mysterious H.C. on April 13, 1998 at 19:14:40
...JW: The kissing in public shown was at Portsmouth, and therefore presumably with sailors either departing or coming ashore--which would not provide a precedent for polite society!
] Look again! -- he's wearing a sword, which means he's an officer, and so at least as genteel as Jane Austen's brothers Charles and Frank. (Also, he has just come ashore -- notice the little girl running up to them as he waves his handkerchief at her...)
No doubt they get up to God-knows-what in Portsmouth(perhaps that was the point of the drawing) - though nothing could be as reprobate as Brighton - but what about in our dear little Highbury or Meryton or the Barton Cottage in Devon we read about? Let me be more specific: how likely is it that one would see a Mr. K in a passionate embrace with a Miss W - no matter how shady the path - or the happy couple pausing for an affectionate peck outside the chapel, or even a Mark Strong and a Kate Beckinsale(in their respective characters, of course) getting up-close and personal in the Hartfield garden? Not bloody likely, I'll guess. BTW, I was impressed by your astute observation about the sailor arriving instead of leaving. It's too bad we can't see the lady's hands: we might detect the spatulate finger-ends of a typist, eh Sherlock? ;o)
- in the country... P. Bingham 20:34:03 4/13/98 (14)
- Prudes Marie Bernadette 15:55:41 4/15/98 (0)
- If a tree falls in the forest(historically speaking)... Greg 20:58:04 4/13/98 (12)
- The fallen tree Caroline 21:09:36 4/13/98 (11)
- Kiss the bride Tineke 04:23:16 4/15/98 (1)
- Not just in American movies MB 17:18:40 4/20/98 (0)
- Kiss the bride The Mysterious H.C. 11:37:23 4/14/98 (0)
- I suppose. But they should have at least LOOKED embarassed(NFM) Greg 21:38:03 4/13/98 (7)
- But why? P. Bingham 23:32:00 4/13/98 (6)
- Two answers for the price of one... Greg 22:03:06 4/14/98 (5)
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