"They visited in Laura-place"


Laura Place
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Laura Place was a fashionable section of Bath that attracted the English aristocracy, and it spoke to the status of the Viscountess and her circle. Sir Walter and Elizabeth Elliot are thrilled to display visiting cards from Laura Place because it is a double coup. Not only do they have friends in Laura Place, but friends who also happen to be higher in the English hierarchy than themselves.

Visiting cards were akin to today's business cards.