It still might.
But I thought I should make an effort at something I could do. I could visit Bath and look at some of the places that would have inspired Jane and influenced her writing. So I did. And took pictures. I'm still nowhere near being any kind of expert, but I hope I might be able to find one or two interesting remarks to make on the day. If not, I am reasonably adequate at holding coats and minding bags.
Two of Jane Austin's books are set in Bath - Northanger Abbey and Persuasion and there are references to the city in other books. As a spa town it was a popular place to visit in Jane's time - with shops, entertainment and the chance to 'take the waters' - to drink, or sometimes to bathe in, the waters of the thermal spring that were thought to have medicinal properties.
And as it happens the new novella which I am really going to finish very soon opens in Bath. So there is a connection. But it's not Jane Austen.
|The Pump Room - where visitors would drink the water, and congregate to see and be seen. Now a posh restaurant with live music.|
|Pulteney Bridge - lined with tiny shops . A bit like the Ponte Vechio?|
|Elegant Georgian houses|
|Great Pulteney Street|
|Bath has some very fancy post boxes|
|Trim Bridge - was the blanked window the result of the window tax?|
|I don't think these were cobbles as walked on by Jane, but you get the idea. I doubt they had yellow lines either.|
|A side street of smaller dwellings|