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Re: Sanditon Group Read, chapters 1&2

April 01, 2013 05:07PM
On the length of time being laid up because of a sprain...I had the same "bemusement" when reading Jack Caldwell's Mr. Darcy Came To Dinner, in which poor Darcy broke his leg and was stuck at Longbourn for a month. Nowadays no one would be off their feet for longer than a day or two with either injury. I believe it had to do with the state of medical science at that time, and also the state of assistive devices such as ace-bandages (non-existent?) splints/crutches/canes/walkers (the first three existed in cruder form?) and of course, the modes of transportation. Goodness, last year the physical therapists had me up and walking around the day after my hip was replaced! -- putting weight on injured limbs speeds healing and strengthens bones and muscles, but no one believed that in the 19th century, I suppose.

And on the children question -- I suppose attitudes of the 19th gentry differed from ours. I get the feeling from Chapter 2 that Parker is much more devoted to promoting Sanditon as a fashionable seaside spot than he is to his children. In the beginning of the second chapter, the narrator notes that the children were "sweet" -- is that from Parker's POV, or the narrator's? I get the idea that both the Parkers and the Gardiners were able to afford one or more nannies/nurses/governesses, so thought nothing of leaving the children behind and going off on holidays.

At least the Gardiners left the children with relatives when they were going on the Derbyshire jaunt, since that would be a lengthier absence -- I got the idea in P&P that the Christmas visit was only a week or so. I've also read somewhere that Christmas was not nearly as focused on the children as it is in more modern times. Anyway, maybe the Parkers weren't anticipating such a long absence when they were heading to Willingden, either. But there's nothing to indicate they were concerned about the children when they were unexpectedly delayed, that I can see.

Seems that Mrs. Parker isn't the brightest light, either, from the description of her. She just goes where her husband leads.

Charlotte Heywood = Gigi Darcy??
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Sanditon Group Read, chapters 1&2

Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 02:26PM

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Carol PApril 03, 2013 03:37PM

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Suzanne OApril 03, 2013 06:28PM

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Mari A.April 03, 2013 07:09PM

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JanRApril 03, 2013 07:14PM

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Debra McApril 04, 2013 05:44PM

Mr. Parker's character

Debra McApril 02, 2013 11:50PM

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Mari A.April 03, 2013 07:43AM

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Suzanne OApril 03, 2013 01:03PM

Maps

JanRApril 02, 2013 06:28PM

Me too!

Debra McApril 02, 2013 11:40PM

Re: Me too!

Mari A.April 03, 2013 12:19PM

Re: Me too!

JanRApril 03, 2013 07:20PM

Regency Bathing Culture

Mari A.April 01, 2013 05:57PM

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Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 06:31PM

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ShemmelleApril 01, 2013 11:45PM

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JanRApril 02, 2013 06:10PM

Sorry for the delay!

ShemmelleApril 05, 2013 07:53AM

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JanRApril 05, 2013 01:42PM

It does so far...

ShemmelleApril 05, 2013 09:47PM

Re: It does so far...

JanRApril 06, 2013 03:34PM

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Mari A.April 01, 2013 03:46PM

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Carol PApril 01, 2013 05:07PM

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Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 05:49PM

Who is Gigi Darcy?

LiseApril 01, 2013 05:38PM

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Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 05:42PM

Re: Who is Gigi Darcy?

Mari A.April 01, 2013 05:42PM

I'm not interested in vlogs, so I'm only reading because I hadn't read this one yet...

LiseApril 01, 2013 05:47PM

Re: I'm not interested in vlogs, so I'm only reading because I hadn't read this one yet...

Mari A.April 01, 2013 05:52PM

OK :-)

LiseApril 01, 2013 05:55PM

Chiming in

Debra McApril 02, 2013 11:35PM

Re: I'm not interested in vlogs, so I'm only reading because I hadn't read this one yet...

Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 05:50PM

Re: I'm not interested in vlogs, so I'm only reading because I hadn't read this one yet...

Carol PApril 01, 2013 05:50PM

OK

LiseApril 01, 2013 05:53PM

Re: OK

Mari A.April 01, 2013 06:03PM

Re: OK

LiseApril 01, 2013 06:15PM

Re: Who is Gigi Darcy?

Carol PApril 01, 2013 05:41PM

Re: Sanditon Group Read, chapters 1&2

Mari A.April 01, 2013 05:13PM

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Carol PApril 01, 2013 05:19PM

Let's agree to keep the LBD talk in separate threads

Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 05:45PM

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Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 04:50PM

Also

LiseApril 01, 2013 06:00PM

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Mari A.April 01, 2013 05:05PM

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Suzanne OApril 01, 2013 05:07PM



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