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|Shoot, not hunt;-)
Written by JulieW
(8/29/2005 12:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Birds?, penned by Robbin
I don't think JA shot, though some women did.
IMHO, this is just a joke about the amount of birds around that paarticular year. They must have had a dilligent gamekeeper at Godmersham or not many foxes to take the young birds.
It's on a par with Mrs Bennet's daft comment to Bingley in P+P, chapter 53;
"When you have killed all your own birds, Mr. Bingley," said her mother, "I beg you will come here, and shoot as many as you please on Mr. Bennet's manor. I am sure he will be vastly happy to oblige you, and will save all the best of the covies for you."
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