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|If you didn't laugh you'd cry
Written by Mary Ellen
(6/26/2006 12:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thievery, penned by Cheryl
I think it is also a method which brings into stark relief Laura's true nature. I was just rereading the section where she mentions the death of her parents in Letter the 10th. She calls their deaths a 'trifling circumstance'. But when she goes on to say that they left her no inheritance, that is 'the Depravity of the World'!
That line in JA's letters about the dead child also brings me up short. We can't ever know the whole story about it. But I like to think that life was a lot harder in her day, death was quicker and more common than it is now. And it happened at home, not in some distant hospital. My mom just got married at the age of 58, but in JA's time a woman of 55, like Laura of L&F, was comically past the age of flirtation. "A very old lady, almost past every thing but tea and quadrille."
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