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Written by JulieW
(8/28/2005 3:46 p.m.)
This is what Le Faye has to say about the role Mrs Lefroy played in the whole affair:
...Mr and Mrs Lefroy has seen enough of their mutual attraction to take fright at the idea of an engagment between so youthful and penniless a pair,and Tom was sent off rapidly to London to live under the watchful eye of his great uncle Benjamin while he studied at Lincoln's Inn.The Lefroy parents were vexed with him and told their sons that Tom was to blame for paying attentions to Jane when he knew full well that he was in no position to think of marriage; and years later George and his younger brother Edward Lefroy recalled how"[their] mother had disliked Tom Lefroy because he had behaved so ill to Jane Austen, with sometimes the additional weight of the Father's condemnation..."
Family Record, p93
Well? Do we agree with this or is hindsight possibly at work here, do you think?
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