Posted by P. Bingham on July 14, 1998 at 22:18:13:
In response to Era generalizations..., written by The Mysterious H.C. on July 12, 1998 at 23:14:18
] However, this does not mean that many people didn't still have a strong moral code, or that Lydia's behavior would be not viewed as a social scandal and a religious sin by most genteel rural inhabitants, or that we would consider regency etiquette to be "casual" in our own terms...
This was especially true for Lydia and her 'gentry' class which was especially constraining in etiquette. What went on in London would one might refer to as 'silly' would have been unacceptable to the rural genteel. It was this class' strict morals (as well as the lower-middle and middle classes) which brought the Victorians their high moral codes of conduct.
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