Another question for clarification
Posted by Gayle on August 05, 1998 at 23:17:41:
In response to Officers' Barracks, written by Captain Everett on August 05, 1998 at 19:22:05
I am ashamed to ask this question and have you know how ignorant I am of military matters. However, you have been so patient with the questions so far I am hopeful of further indulging your kindness.
I'd like to apply what you've already told us to JA's novels. Let's start with P&P -- the Regiment at Meryton. Meryton is supposed to be a small town. I am thinking that perhaps there were no barracks there. Would you assume the same thing? If so, does that mean the men boarded in town, either in homes if the owner was willing to rent rooms, or at an Inn in town? I further assume that Col. Forester, as the commander of the Regiment (right?) would be allowed to rent rooms somewhere for himself and Mrs. Forester. But, would Capt. Denny and Wickham have also been able to rent rooms if they chose to do so? When Wickham purchased his commission, was he coming in as a Captain or some other rank? Wickham knew no one in Meryton when he arrived, so no family or friends to stay with. If there was no barracks either, he would have been obliged to take a room wherever he could, correct?
What about when they moved to Brighton -- more likely to be barracks ther? Because it is a bigger town?
Then, we move to the Navy in Persuasion -- when Admiral Croft and Captain Wentworth come ashore, I'm assuming they are on leave, correct? That being the case, they can go where they wish and lodge where they wish, right? I don't guess you need barracks when your "on duty" time is in the middle of the ocean!
Thanks for your indulgence.
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