How might the people of the day (1800s) have been affected by the lapse of time between writing and reading letters?

I’m writing about Jane Austen and the Bennett’s from pride and prejudice.

2 Answers

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Significant events may have happened between the time the letter was sent and the time it was received.  Remember that there were no trains in Jane Austen's time. Mail going outside London went by mail coaches. Jane Bennet's letters from Longbourne would have gone to Merritton and then through several other towns by post-bag on the way to the village near Pemberly where Eliza Bennet was staying with her aunt and uncle. At each town the post-bag is opened, the letters taken out and sorted, with the letters going further on the route restored to the bag  Jane's letters may have been collected and forwarded on the next day's or week's coach by the innkeepers where Eliza's party had stayed earlier.  They may have gone astray, like luggage will do when going by air to Denver instead of Detroit.

    As Cogito said, read the book and you will find out how the letters affected the people in the story.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    If you've read the book, that should be obvious.

    And if you're trying to write about them, it's "the Bennets" - no apostrophe and only one T - and Pride and Prejudice - leading capitals.

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