WHY I MIGHT NOT HAVE MINDED BEING A WOMAN (OF A CERTAIN SOCIAL CLASS) IN JANE AUSTEN'S DAY
I know. I know.All that embroidery and corset wearing and dying in childbirth and not having a future if you weren't married. But hear me out.
- •People wrote letters to each other. I miss that.
- •Reading was an allowable occupation.
- •My parents let me give up on piano playing too easily. I wish I had been forced to continue.
- •It was totally okay to show some cleavage. In the most tasteful way, of course.
- •You didn't have to work.Leaving you free to read all those books and write all those letters and go for all those trips to Derbyshire. And, if you were Jane Austen, write those timeless, enduring novels.
- •You knew where you stood with the social conventions of romantic relationships and what was okay and not okay.
- •Men knew how to be woo women and it was expected that they would, and that they would do so chastely and respectfully.Yep. I'm old fashioned.
- •Men were so articulate.
- •Balls! What a fun way to spend an evening. Also, apparently, spontaneous breaking out into dancing whenever you felt like it during a sociable evening.