Pride and Prejudice: Volume 1 – Chapter 8

“She has nothing, in short, to recommend her, but being an excellent walker.  I shall never forget her appearance this morning.  She really looked almost wild.”

“She did indeed, Louisa.  I could hardly keep my countenance.  Very nonsensical to come at all! Why must she be scampering about the country, because her sister had a cold?  Her hair so untidy, so blowsy!”

“Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office.”

“Your picture may be very exact, Louisa,” said Bingley; “but this was all lost upon me.  I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well, when she came into the room this morning.  Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice.”

You observed it, Mr. Darcy, I am sure,” said Miss Bingley, “and I am inclined to think that you would not wish to see your sister make such an exhibition.”

“Certainly not.”

“To walk three miles, or four miles, or five miles, or whatever it is, above her ancles in dirt, and alone, quite alone! What could she mean by it? It seems to me to shew an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country town indifference to decorum.”

~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813

Photography: Chris Stowell
Styling, & Spencer Jacket: Lauren
Gown: Maggie Waterman
Shoes: “Hartfield” Regency Boots by American Duchess
Cosmetics used to create the Regency look are from Litttle Bits Clothing CompanyTinted Rose Lip Balm, 18th Century Lavender Hair and Face Powder, and 1772 Liquid Rouge and Blush
Shot on Location at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nevada


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