Wait a minute.....
Posted by Caroline on August 09, 1998 at 10:50:41:
In response to Birds, bees and towns, written by Linden on August 09, 1998 at 01:09:04
]1. In summary, there was a great double standard during the 19th century. 2.Men were expected to sow wild oats - indeed, a father might take his son to a favourite brothel to introduce him to the madam and pick out a clean young lady to introduce him to the facts of life. 3.The number of prostitutes in 19th century London was enormous.
4. Women were expected to be virgins, and to be introduced to whatever they needed to know by their husbands on their wedding night.
Four separate statements. Whilst I don't necessarily disagree with them, I'd love to know whether thay can be justified using what Jane Austen said, did and wrote. You could probably do it for Dickens's overpopulated hell-hole, but for JA's Bath? Also, Barabara seems to be be worrying about whether there was more immorality going on than now( and I presume she means England in the 1990's) than 'then'(by which I presume she means Mr Bingley's world, not Mr Copperfield's. Anyone got any statistics handy?
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