Those who think that Jane’s novels sanitised life in Georgian England do like to remind Austen fans that life at that time was no picnic. There was civil unrest in countries across Europe, there were high taxes on commodities such as tea and flour, there was a huge disparity between the classes and the quality of life they had, there were hardly any rights for women. We could go on, but we’re sure you’ve heard the negative side of life at that time before.
However, a blog post we found this week reminded us that it wasn’t all bad, and did make us somewhat nostalgic for certain aspects of like in the 1800s.
A few of the things that sawatdeeka feels she missed out on include:
Letters and journals
“When I see a movie character sit at a picturesque desk, get out a fresh sheet of paper, and start scratching away with an ink pen, I’m reminded that in the last twenty years, we have lost the practice of exchanging long, meaty letters and of saving our correspondence.”
Passing time with family and friends
“It would have been delightful to spend more of life sitting together after dinner–with no interference from TV or radio–reading aloud, playing music, talking or singing.”
Sense of wonder
“The world was young leading up to the 1900’s because there was so much to be discovered. English audiences of the late 1700’s were startled to read of experiences with isolated ethnic groups–the world map still had blank spots in it, and there were limited means of reaching faraway places.”
What would you add to sawadeeka’s list?