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Cracked up over this one

February 17, 2015 09:42PM
I admit being greatly amused by the nature of the first respondents when this question was posted — a question by a man, drawing comments initially from men.

And yet none of the men have pondered what idle young men of means in one of the world's largest cities might have done with free time amounting to eight months in Georgian/Regency/Edwardian or even Victorian England?

What would you have done, gentlemen, in Bingley's shoes?

I don't think men have changed all that much in 200 years. Men of wealth without professions, whose time is not eaten up by requirements of wage earning, still occupy themselves in:

— sports (ex. Four Horse and other riding clubs, horse racing, Angelo's)
— gaming
— investment opportunities and subsequent management of same (ex. buying and selling of shares in businesses like East India Trading Co, business loans, buying into funds including the government's fund)
— events and venues (theater, opera, museums, art shows, festivals, etc.)
— socialization with other men (clubs like Brooks', White's, Boodle's, coffee houses, literary or merchants’ clubs)
— socialization with women (both public and private in nature), and in mixed sex environments (parties, balls, soirees
— politics where appropriate and where interest encourage (land holdings and capital-intensive investments would have been inducements)

The question becomes, what did these occupations look like during the estimated time frame, beyond the examples mentioned?

A young man of wealth could keep himself quite busy, especially if he was determined to lose himself in occupation.

As for whether Bingley stayed with Darcy: Caroline refers to Bingley as an "inmate" of Darcy's as noted in this thread, but it must have been common knowledge Bingley was staying with Darcy as Elizabeth makes a similar observation to her Aunt Gardiner.

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Source: Chap. 25, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

"I hope," added Mrs. Gardiner, "that no consideration with regard to this young man will influence her. We live in so different a part of town, all our connections are so different, and, as you well know, we go out so little, that it is very improbable that they should meet at all, unless he really comes to see her."

"And that is quite impossible; for he is now in the custody of his friend, and Mr. Darcy would no more suffer him to call on Jane in such a part of London! My dear aunt, how could you think of it? Mr. Darcy may perhaps have heard of such a place as Gracechurch Street, but he would hardly think a month's ablution enough to cleanse him from its impurities, were he once to enter it; and depend upon it, Mr. Bingley never stirs without him."

"In the custody" suggests Bingley is in residence at Darcy's townhouse, in my opinion, as does the implication the two men are nearly joined at the hip.
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The missing eight months

Jim G.MFebruary 13, 2015 01:37PM

Cracked up over this one

Femme MalheureuseFebruary 17, 2015 09:42PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 18, 2015 01:48PM

Jim: the circle around the arts; Charles: the circle around Darcy

Femme MalheureuseFebruary 18, 2015 06:38PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 18, 2015 09:02PM

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Jim D.February 19, 2015 05:52PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 19, 2015 07:57PM

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Jim D.February 19, 2015 09:41PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 19, 2015 10:32PM

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Jim D.February 20, 2015 01:25AM

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Jim G.MFebruary 20, 2015 12:20PM

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Jim D.February 20, 2015 05:50PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 20, 2015 08:24PM

Someone like Willoughby, for example?

GracielaFebruary 19, 2015 12:49AM

For every Willoughby...

Jim G.MFebruary 19, 2015 02:39PM

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Little NellFebruary 19, 2015 03:40PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 19, 2015 04:49PM

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Little NellFebruary 19, 2015 05:12PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 19, 2015 12:12PM

Brilliant, Graciela!

RedsonFebruary 19, 2015 01:20AM

Perfect! Well done! (nfm)

Sandy CFebruary 18, 2015 03:57PM

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RedsonFebruary 18, 2015 12:39AM

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MichelleAnne--February 14, 2015 06:41PM

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AlanFebruary 15, 2015 12:31AM

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Harvey S.February 14, 2015 04:52PM

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Suzanne OFebruary 15, 2015 03:41PM

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Harvey S.February 24, 2015 05:57PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 24, 2015 10:19PM

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AdelaideFebruary 27, 2015 12:11PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 27, 2015 02:32PM

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Agnes BeatrixFebruary 15, 2015 10:10PM

Georgiana's establishment

TashaFebruary 15, 2015 05:52PM

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Agnes BeatrixFebruary 16, 2015 12:03PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 15, 2015 07:13PM

Why Georgiana would (or might) live separately from her brother

RedsonFebruary 15, 2015 10:22PM

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AlanFebruary 16, 2015 08:34AM

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RedsonFebruary 16, 2015 04:49PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 16, 2015 07:22PM

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RedsonFebruary 17, 2015 04:29AM

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Debra McFebruary 15, 2015 10:19PM

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BeatriceFebruary 21, 2015 01:47AM

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Jim G.MFebruary 21, 2015 12:37PM

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BeatriceFebruary 21, 2015 01:08PM

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Renee BFebruary 21, 2015 03:49AM

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Jim G.MFebruary 16, 2015 12:20AM

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Suzanne OFebruary 17, 2015 03:31AM

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RedsonFebruary 16, 2015 12:52AM

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Jim G.MFebruary 16, 2015 02:03PM

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Rosie J.February 17, 2015 05:51AM

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Jim G.MFebruary 17, 2015 01:11PM

I agree, Debra Mc (nfm)

RedsonFebruary 15, 2015 10:26PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 15, 2015 01:50PM

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Jim G.MFebruary 14, 2015 07:04PM



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