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A Jane Austen better half: A severe Survey and Reference e-book by way of F. B. Pinion 1973 Hardcover 342 pages together with Index Macmillian
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University education was not very demanding; Jane heard much of student life and activities (and the time and money spent on driving) from her brothers James and Henry; and some of her conclusions must be reflected in John Thorpe, who in obvious ways was typical of a large proportion of students at Oxford and Cambridge. Edward Ferrars admitted that the university provided only a 'nominal employment', and that he was 'properly idle' ever since his admission to Oxford. The manners of the new genteel middle class were very formal by our standards.
A study of her life and letters shows that she travelled a great deal, to friends and relatives in Bath, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Surrey, and Kent, the latter particularly. She lived for long periods at such important 28 A Jane Austen Companion centres as Bath and Southampton, and often stayed in London, sometimes for weeks or months, with her brother Henry, who was in business there during her later years. She had numerous acquaintances. Her interest in books on foreign travel is also noticeable in her letters.
Xvi). The usual resources of ladies without children in the country, we are told, were the acquisition of attractive furniture and a choice collection of plants and poultry (MP. iv). Elegance and taste in furniture were never higher than at the end of the eighteenth century, but it often took time for young ladies to convince their elders that a change was for the better. Only Emma could have persuaded Mr Woodhouse to use the 'large modern circular table' (cf. Letters, 326) which she had introduced at Hartfield 'instead of the small-sized Pembroke, on which two of his daily meals had, for forty years, been crowded' (E.
A Jane Austen Companion: A critical survey and reference book by F B Pinion