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Saturday, 25 February 2017

IMPORTANCE OF MOONLIGHT: SOCIAL HISTORY IN JANE AUSTEN'S 'SENSE AND SENSIBILITY'

Here is an interesting little example of social history that we may observe in Sense and Sensibility.

When Sir John Middleton wants to invite company at short notice, he is unsuccessful because most people already have engagements that evening: it was moonlight and everybody was full of engagements. In those days before street lighting and carriage lanterns, people had to be much more conscious of the phases of the moon.

You had to make the most of nights when there was to be a full moon. They were the best evenings for socialising.