Posted by Lesley on August 02, 1997 at 00:19:14:
In reply to Re: Another MAJOR regency inaccuracy in Emma2? posted by Kathy F. on August 01, 1997 at 08:41:30
In P&P, Lady C is concerned about Maria and Lizzy traveling alone without a manservant to attend them. I think she said she was "exessively attentive to all these things." In the videotape of Behind the scenes of P&P2, the narrator (I can't remember!) said that young unmarried girls weren't allowed to be alone with young men except on the dance floor with the chaperones looking on.
I am going to try to post a link to a picture of a phaeton but in case that doesn't work, here is the address:
It looks like that only two people can ride in it and one has to guide the ponies. I suspect that Miss Anne De Bourgh was allowed to drive her phaeton around the park only and only in the company of Miss Jenkins. I doubt if Lady Catherine would have allowed her to drive about the village in her phaeton, either with or without Miss Jenkins.
Of course, we see Emma and Harriet driven by James to Robert Martin's house.
Most of the evidence seems to be against unattended young ladies driving phaetons. I tried to look it up in some reference books but I couldn't find an entrance in the index under women, chaperones, etc. Could anyone else find a quote?
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