Managing Propriety for the Regency: Jane Austen Reads the Book.

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      The article refers to a British Commission Report on adultery which was published in 1813 and discusses its possible influence on the depiction of feminine propriety in Jane Austen's book "Pride and Prejudice." The discussion focuses on the novel's character Lydia Bennet, the concept of femininity, and a description of class relations. The conservative ideology on which the book's plot is based and the role of men in controlling female behavior are mentioned.