Tag Archives: Social Customs

Letter Writing in Jane Austen’s Time

Adapted by Anne Flinders, dramaturg, from Vic Sanborn Much of the communication between characters in Pride and Prejudice happens in letters. In fact, it is suspected by some scholars that First Impressions, Jane Austen’s first draft of Pride and  Prejudice, was … Continue reading

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Education of Upper-Class Women in Regency Era

By Kristin Perkins (appearing as Caroline Bingley in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) A Changing Educational Belief System: In many ways the early 19th century was a time of changing values in education particularly for women. There were four distinct traditions … Continue reading

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The Structure and Social Function of Assemblies, Balls, Parties, and Dances.

By Cosette Hatch (appearing as Kitty Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) Following the fall of the Ancient Regime in 1789, social dancing became more natural and egalitarian.  Both clothing and dancing became less elaborate and restrictive as the rigid … Continue reading

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The Life and Options of 19th Century Women

By Aubrey Reynolds (appearing as Jane Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) The social anthropology in eighteenth century England was intricate and in flux. It presents a clash between two social elements namely, class and gender. Additionally, the social caste … Continue reading

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Courtship and Marriage in the Regency Period

By Laura Wardle (appearing as Mrs. Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) “Sir James Martin had been drawn in by that young lady to pay her some attention; and as he is a man of fortune, it was easy to … Continue reading

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The Formal and Intimate Uses of Names and Titles

Edited by Anne Flinders, dramaturg Before the mid-20th century, first names were almost never used in speech, except in extremely limited circumstances. The use of first names was restricted almost exclusively to children growing up together, or in some cases … Continue reading

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