The Roman Baths
Posted by Diana LB on August 29, 1998 at 15:45:49:
In response to Northanger Abbey Query, written by SandyW on August 28, 1998 at 21:22:23
] In the movie there is a scene where everyone goes into a room full of water... I've watched the movie close to a dozen times in the last month or two and each time this scene puzzles me. Is this the pump room mentioned in the book? Thanks!
I recognize the room with no trouble, as I visited Bath in 1992 and toured the Roman Baths under the building with the Pump Room mentioned so often in Regency books. (Something that old gave me chills, the good kind!) But I was puzzled when I saw it in the video of Northanger Abbey too. In several other books by present day Regency authors, they say the Roman parts had not been excavated in Regency times and were only speculated on. Is this an anachronism done with artistic license for effect, or did they really go in for healthful soaks in the old Roman baths in JA's day? How about that, our experts?
BTW, the interior rooms shown in several scenes are from No.1 Royal Crescent, maintained as a museum. Diana LB
- Baths and trays Caroline 17:44:41 8/29/98 (0)
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