Austen's world seems surpassingly strange to me— which is not surprising, I suppose, since I'm so far removed from it both in culture and time. I wonder if I could ever get used to living like an early 19th century upper-class Englishman? I'm sure I'd enjoy the landscapes and the houses, but I suspect I'd find everything else terribly confining. Shooting things wouldn't appeal to me at all, though I probably wouldn't mind sneaking off by myself to do a bit of fishing in some rustic stream— especially if I didn't catch any fish.
Off to shower now, and not think about the still-sultry air crowding the air conditioned house.