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|Reverend Blackall, I think
Written by Carolyn Ruth
(9/1/2005 9:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Tom Lefroy, the End? (Letter 11), penned by Robbin
IMHO, I read it as Mrs. Lefroy had talked of her friend Rev. B to JA and of JA to her friend. Without meeting JA, he expressed high regard and a desire of persuing a "nearer interest". Evidently he showed less sense and more love when he met JA, to which she was indifferent and quite safe, as TL was in the picture at that time. Later, the reverend decided he couldn't indulge expectation of continuing the relationship and wrote with "less love and more sense", satisfying JA that he would just go away. Mrs. Lefroy had spoken enough (or possibly too much!) and other than showing JA the letter, also let the subject drop.
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