chapter  16
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Cranford, ch. 1

The same tendency is noticeable in her attitude to time. Her dominant mood is nostalgic. Writing in the midnineteenth century, she looked back with affection to the I8Ios and 182os, the age of her youth, blurred by distance but recognizable, yet slipping into history as thread after

thr~ad of connection broke. In her country stories there is a preference for this period as setting. The opening paragraphs of Cranford show the distancing habit at work: