These quotes from Jane’s letters and novels give us a glimpse into the daily lives of wealthy women during her era.  No offense to Jane, but it sounds kind of boring – nothing to do but gossip about the neighbors, write long letters about nothing and sit prettily in the drawing room.

We have been exceedingly busy ever since you went away. In the first place we have had to rejoice two or three times everyday at your having such very delightful weather for the whole of your journey…   (Letter, 1800)

(From Mansfield Park about Fanny’s aunt, Lady Bertram)
“Everybody at all addicted to letter-writing, without having much to say, which will include a large proportion of the female world at least, must feel with Lady Bertram that she was out of luck in having such a capital piece of Mansfield news as the certainty of the Grants going to Bath, occur at a time when she could make no advantage of it, and will admit that it must have been very mortifyingto her to see it fall to the share of her thankless son,  and treated as concisely as possible at the end of along letter, instead of having it to spread over the largest part of a page of her own. For though Lady Bertram rather shone in the epistolary line, having early in her marriage,from the want of other employment, and the circumstance of Sir Thomas’s being in Parliament, got into the way of making and keeping correspondents, and formed for herself a very creditable, common-place, amplifying style,so that a very little matter was enough for her; she could not do entirely without any; she must have something to write about, even to her niece; and being so soon to lose all the benefit of Dr. Grant’s gouty symptoms and Mrs. Grant’s morning calls, it was very hard upon her to be deprived of one of the last epistolary uses she could put them to.” (Mansfield Park)

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