Question about mourning clothes etc.
Posted by Lynn on September 10, 1997 at 08:34:20:
I'm not sure if this question should be here or on the Regency board, but I saw it in S&S first, so I will try here first.
In the ET version of S&S, the family starts out wearing black, or a black bow, Margaret at one point wears a black sash on her blue dress, or they wear black shawls. So they wore their mourning clothes, but part way through the movie, the girls don't wear their black bows (at one point ET has a small one on her bodice) or anything. Mrs. D wears black throughout. Would it be because children were not expected to wear mourning for as long as a spouse, or did Mrs. D just keep with it because she still mourned in her heart? Is there some other reason? How long was one obliged to be in mourning and for who? (in Persuasion, there is mention of them wearing arm bands for Mr. Elliot's wife, although they have never met her).
Posting followups to old messages is disabled; instead go to the main index and post a new message which mentions this one.