What did the landed gentry in Jane Austen's era do all day?
December 24, 2012 5:17 AM Subscribe
I just read Pride and Prejudice
again, and once more I am struck by how empty the lives of the main characters seem. I understand the class division that set "gentlemen" land owners above those "in trade" who worked for a living but what I don't understand is how people with nothing to do
passed their time.
posted by seanmpuckett to Society & Culture (22 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
Particular bits of curiosity include: what was a typical day like, what sort of worries/concerns did these people have, and for example when Austen mentions that Elizabeth is over-focusing on her "work" so she doesn't look at Darcy, what the devil is she doing?
Kindly give me some context!