Category: Places | Type: Historical | Title: Emma (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Vol: Volume I | Ch: Chapter XI

Or Surrey. Gentle farming country south of London. Surry or Surrey is real, Highbury fictional. Attempts have been made to find a model for it. None exist, and as R. W. Chapman, Austen's first and preeminent editor, points out, she appears to have constructed the distances to the real places to situate Highbury where no other village is: "the precision of these figures was perhaps designed to preclude the possibility of a false identification" (Emma, 521).

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