This lecture by Professor Amanda Vickery sets Austen in the material context of female households of declining status.
Pemberley, Mansfield, Norland, Uppercross, Northanger, Randalls…. These are magical names which conjure an entire social landscape, a constellation of houses, each one different in human makeup, material appointments and emotional climate.
Of course, the parsonage was the kind of house Austen knew inside and out. It is worth remembering that Jane Austen was poorer than all her heroines, with the exception of Fanny Price. As the unmarried daughter of a widowed mother, dependent on familial favour, Austen had much more in common with poor Miss Bates than blessed Miss Woodhouse.
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