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P200: Louisa and Henrietta discuss Captain Wentworth — 14 Comments

  1. An enjoyable chapter. It made me smile. Sugar water instead of hairspray must’ve been quite sticky…but I can see how it would work. Yuck! I wonder if there could be interesting encounters with bees. Lovely interaction between the sisters and a little sisterly competition. Who wouldn’t be attracted to Captain Wentworth. Thank you for an enjoyable read this morning.

  2. Yuk, sugar water. I know they used that and other things to make their hair stay in place and shine but how many days until they washed it? One of the few things that make me really glad I live now, clean hair. Louisa sounded just like Sir Walter when talking about Fredericks tan. Great interaction between the sisters and Henrietta doesn’t seem to mind Louisa staking her claim. Thanks for the early morning smiles.

  3. Good morning C. Allyn, I like you story about sisters discuss man, I support sisters always share the information with each other, they may not agree everything but they always forgive each others fault.

  4. Owww! The split ends she must have had with trying to comb her hair with sugar water on it! Yes, I do wonder how she also dealt with the bees and flies! It was delightful to be looking in on this conversation the girls were having about Captain Wentworth. They certainly don’t want to share him either!

  5. Yes, I’ve always wondered whether the young ladies of previous centuries had problems with flies and wasps following them around…or maybe waking up to ants crawling in their hair! 😛

  6. Eeek, the personal hygiene of the Regency era is not something I want to think too much about! Interesting how these sisters relate to each other — I would have expected them to start competing with each other but I guess the first strategic move is to make sure Capt. Wentworth is snagged by one of them.

  7. They are very good friends and only a year apart in age with amiable tempers, so I expect that they would not be outwardly competitive…at least not yet! 🙂

  8. Loved reading this, Carey!
    And I’m tempted to try “sugar-water” on my unruly curls in hopes of controlling them. *Anything* that might work is welcome. 😀
    Thanks for giving us some insight into the personal lives of the Miss Musgroves!

    • I don’t know Marilyn…I suspect all the flies in Chicago would become very good friends with you! Perhaps Pantene would be better! Hard for me to imagine wanting fewer curls…I’ve always wanted a few, instead of stick straight hair. At least you could manage ringlets, if you wanted them- I have to go with Charlotte Lucas styles!!! 😀

  9. Having a sister exactly 13 months younger, I can say we were very competitive and always sneaking to borrow each other’s clothes. We never competed for boyfriends, though. Sugar in one’s hair – I agree that the bugs must have been awful. The one thing or maybe 2 things about that period is the lack of deodorant and the lack of bathing facilities. I know many authors have the characters bath regularly but I think that might be a stretch. Can’t imagine how clothing smelled – YUCK!

    Sweet look at these two who seem to get along very well. Thanks.

  10. A delightful chapter, Carey. I can’t imagine Wentworth being tanned. But that is to be expected as his profession demands of it. It reminds me of Ciaran Hinds playing the role instead of Rupert Penry-Jones.

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