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Saturday, 11 February 2017

LONDON RESIDENCES IN JANE AUSTEN'S 'SENSE AND SENSIBILITY'

It is interesting to note where the characters are installed in the London scenes of Sense and Sensibility. Apart from Mrs. Ferrars in Park Street, not far from the Park, and the John Dashwoods in Harley Street, north of Oxford Street, the others are fairly near to each other, being, from north to south: the Palmers in Hanover Square, the Middletons in Conduit Street, Mrs. Jennings in Berkeley Street; and then in lodgings Willoughby in Bond Street (the Old Bond Street of today) and Colonel Brandon in St. James’ Street. The Miss Steeles had to move farther off to Bartlett’s Buildings in Holborn. So Willoughby was lodging close to Mrs. Jennings, giving point to his deliberate avoidance of the Dashwood sisters, and, since he was fairly near the Middletons, his blundering into Sir John would not have been at all surprising.