Posted by: rearadmiral | September 8, 2019

9/8 Week in review….

Jane Austen London Group posted…
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Saltram House is a beautiful grade 1 listed Georgian house situated in an extensive and delightful parkland near Plymouth in Devon. It was the filming location for 1995 Sense and Sensibility as Norland Park. Saltram’s connection to Jane Austen seems interestingly more than that. Jane Austen’s brother Henry Austen called himself “domestic chaplain” to Lord Morley, first Earl of Morley’s family. Jane Austen sent a copy of Emma to Countess Morley, and correspondence between the two women about Emma remains in the collection of the house, which is now a National Trust property. Susan Law, a historian and authoress of Through the keyhole: Sex, Scandal and the Secret Life of the Country House, supports the theory that the Austens were close friends of the Morleys and Lord Morley is the model for Mr. Darcy.

Intrigued, I visited Saltram while holidaying in the area. I didn’t see Lord Morley’s portrait or letters between Countess Morley and Jane Austen, for they are not on public display, although private viewing can be arranged in advance. I did get some willing answers from the staff members who had read the letters and diaries in the collection. Had the Austens stayed at Saltram? Is Lord Morley indeed model for Mr. Darcy? I was told to “take it with a grain of salt”, and there is no evidence for either. Having afterwards learnt more about Lord Morley, I rather doubt he could be the inspiration for Mr. Darcy.

What do you think? Do you have more to share? Maybe you will do your own sleuthing, there are lots interesting reading available.

Janis B. shared a link on Mr. Darcy’s Extensive Readers:

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