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Question #5774 posted on 05/22/2004 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently read Pride and Prejudice, and I really enjoyed it. However, I was puzzled because sometimes it would talk about the folks going somewhere, but it wouldn't give the whole name of the place. It would say "----shire". Only the little hyphens were connected as one line. What was that all about?

-Jane Bennett

A: My dear Jane,

Because she didn't wish to use any specific locations that exist in reality and didn't wish to be misinterpreted, she simply put "-shire." It means it's a town that does not exist and she didn't even give it a fake name.