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Topic: The Brontes and Early 19th Century Life

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Subject: The Brontes and Early 19th Century Life
Date Posted: 3/3/2013 11:17 AM ET
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So, on a whim, I borrowed The Mist on Bronte Moor from the AZN Kindle library. It's actually surprisingly good, at least for the first half of the book. The author portrays the Brontes accurately - at least as I understand their peculiarities and characters. ... This is a time travel novel, mostly taking place in the 19th C (at least for as much of the story as I've read). It seems to me to be written for a teen female audience. ... But here's the question: How likely is it that a family (the Brontes) would stay up past 11p.m. reading in late winter/early March? And how likely is it that a family would, without question or caution, leave a young male/female couple unattended late at night? The male is late teen, perhaps 19 and the female is 15.
Date Posted: 3/3/2013 11:42 AM ET
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I think that staying up late would be much more likely than an unchaperoned young couple.

; )

I know that a really, really good book will keep me awake and reading, even if the power has gone out and all I have is a handful of candles. This has happened to me before...LOL!

Date Posted: 3/4/2013 12:25 PM ET
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Part one: reading late.  Feasible, but the narrative would need to acknowledge that this was costly behavior, not typical for households at the time.  Either they're fortunate that they have the resources for such luxury, or they sacrifice elsewhere to fund this, depending on family finances.

Part two: unchaparooned young couple.  Yeah, right.  She might be able to sneak out of bed later when everyone else is asleep, to back to reading (and re-join him).  But no way are the parents going to allow her up and about the house after they've gone to bed.  With or without the young male involved.