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Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, really falls more into the Regency time period than the Victorian Age. The Regency time period is sandwiched between the Georgian Era and the Romantic period; the Regency era occurred from approximately 1790, the year when King George's son began to act as Vice-Regent for the King to 1820.
Unlike the Georgian era which was characterized by over-the-top styles of dress and huge powdered wigs, the Regency period was much more elegant and refined. The Regency fashions were more simple with the ladies wearing more narrow, high-waisted gowns and the men favoring clean-cut coats and form fitting pants that could accentuate broad shoulders or well-shaped legs.
The Regency time period was all about refinement and proper address. It truly was an age of manners. Women and men alike were expected to meet social expectations in dress, conversation, dancing, dining, etc. Like in Pride and Prejudice, social standing was of the utmost importance. Women, like the Bennett sisters, relied on securing favorable matches and advantageous marriages to provide for their future.
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