Learning to read in Jane Austen’s Time…

Today, over at What Jane Austen Didn’t Tell Us!, Clarice Neudorfer writes about a common learning tool in Jane Austen’s time.

In Pride and Prejudice Caroline Bingley defines her perspective of an accomplished woman by listing “music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages,” but fails to include reading. However, Mr. Darcy then augments the list … “She must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”

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2 thoughts on “Learning to read in Jane Austen’s Time…

  1. It’s always interesting to see how learning has changed through the times. Funny how we don’t think about how people would have learned things back in Jane Austen’s time with less resources to work with!

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