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The Pleasure of Walking

  It was a very fine November day, and the Miss Musgroves came through the little grounds, and stopped for no other purpose than to say, that they were going to take a long walk, and therefore concluded Mary could not like to go with them; and when Mary immediately replied, with some jealousy at not being supposed a good walker, “Oh, yes, I should like to join you very much, I am very fond of a long walk…I cannot imagine why they should suppose I should not like a long walk…Everybody is always supposing that I am not a good walker; and yet they would not have been pleased, if we had refused to join them. When people come in this manner on purpose to ask us, how can one say no?”   Persuasion Walking was very much a part of life for the Regency Ton. A stroll in the park during the fashionable hour, while not as impressive as driving or riding, still provided a chance to see and be seen. There was also the all important shopping expedition to the exclusive shops of Bond Street, where the elite would be seen promenading from shop to shop after they drove or rode to the area. Grooms busily walked horses while they waited or returned home to come back again at the appointed hour. Gentlemen might walk to their clubs if they had rooms nearby. By and large they never walked as a means of travel. Walking was recreation-

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