Spring is coming. It hasn’t quite hit Chicago yet, but a few flowers are defying the cold and promising good color and warm days ahead. And I’m finally getting back to walking. Years ago, I was a runner. I loved pounding out miles in any weather, but a back injury in 2014 ended that for me. Now I walk – and I’ve come to love it.
There’s a certain peace, cadence and pleasure in walking. I also love how it is featured continually in Austen novels. Yes, walking keeps the figures “light and pleasing” and ma very well show us off to our “best advantage” — but so much else that is good occurs on a long walk.
Think of all the walking moments in Austen. Her novels would not be the same without them and here are just a few of the walks within Pride and Prejudice:
Walks to Meryton
Countless walks around Rosings
Darcy meets Elizabeth on the path at Pemberley
Darcy and Elizabeth get engaged on a walk
Darcy and Elizabeth walk again the next day and revisit the past
Of course that’s not the only novel with good walks… Persuasion is another favorite of mine. I adore the walk in which Wentworth knows Anne is tired and hands her into the curricle to join his sister and brother. That might be my all-time favorite “walking” scene.
What is yours?