I thought it was interesting that the town of Bath and city of London were both described with similar details but Bath was less favorable than london.
Mr Brambles description of Bath compared to Lydias (p 31/36) is quite different. Lydia finds it more charming, where as Mr Brambles old age has made the town’s faults come to light. I thought the description of Bath by Mr Bramble reminds me of someone who has gone to Las Vegas a decade or two ago and just went back and found it startlingly different.
He blames the nation’s thirst for luxury and fortune for the quick decline or expansion, but when he gets to London he is slightly more favorable of the changes.
In London he marvels at some of the new wonders of the city, but finds the place packed, and is put off by the people who appear to have charm and class but its ultimately just a facade. He goes on about the British Museum and its need to be better arranged and more thoroughly stocked- which Im sure it is by now.
What really hit me about all of this is that Lydia who is younger and hasn’t visited before finds it all very charming and gorgeous but the old man focuses more on whats lacking or what irks him.