As a short interlude from my short story Nanthology I offer you a little trip back to the Regency Period in the company of one Mr Darcy.
In May 1812, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy is walking down a London street. As has been his practice of late, he had been turning over the words of Elizabeth Bennet in his mind. ‘Had you acted in a more gentlemanlike manner’. Distracted, he doesn’t notice a shabby young man in a long coat brush past him. Israel Fagin, at the beginning of his long and disreputable career (which was to lead to literary fame and the condemned cell at Newgate), had taken something from his pocket – but what?
Letter writing was commonplace in the Regency, whole novels were written in the form of letters, like Lady Susan. To write a letter you need paper, pen and ink.
Paper has always been made by professionals, but both pens and ink were made in the Regency household. A pen was made from a quill, a birds feather, most frequently a goose, but…
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