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Written by MarianneR
(5/6/2008 3:46 a.m.)
At the end of ch.45 we read that Mr. Perry recommended Jane Fairfax nourishing food. After hearing this Emma immediately went home and called the housekeeper directly to an examination of her stores; and some arrow-root of very superior quality was speedily despatched to Miss Bates.
I know that nowadays arrowroot is a powdered substance used as a substitute for starch. But I donīt see why this should be considered nourishing. Could it be that in JAīs time the root was used as a whole or did they consider different food being "nourishing" than we do today?
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