chapter  7
28 Pages

“Slight and Fugitive Indications”

Some Locations in Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice
WithRobert Clark

R. W. Chapman's suggestion about "slight and fugitive indications" is supported by a letter Jane Austen sent on September 18, 1814 to her niece Anna Austen, a would-be novelist, about a draft of her niece's novel which Jane had been reading. Perhaps the misfortune of a discovery about Sense and Sensibility is that it encouraged to think that people might be able to use a similar approach to locate the Longbourn of Pride and Prejudice. It suggests that, at least on some occasions, very powerful significations might be animating Austen's "feigned places" as she combines real and invented elements. It is tempting when looking at Paterson's and Mogg's maps to think that people might actually find an original for Longbourn, or at least get as close as people have when locating Barton Cottage and Barton Park in Sense and Sensibility. What do the synoptic accounts tell people of relevance to Austen's representation of Hertfordshire.