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and the Nature of Women
Dr. Marguerite Connor
  What were the traditional views of women? 
  What did the women say? 
  So did Austen read these women? 
  But what does she say in her writings? 



For as far as we care to go back we have the question: 

What is the nature of women? 

This is never agreed upon -- not even today! 

      Top to Bottom: 1. & 4. Morning and evening dress for May 1807.  2 & 3: Kensington Gardens dress for June 1808.  (Watkins 134-35)