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|Letter 15 : shades of Emma and Darcy
Written by JulieW
(9/3/2005 2:54 p.m.)
So- Hnery was married to Eliza de Feuillde by this time( they married on 31st December 1797 in London:)
Charesl and Frnak were away on naval service.
James was at Deane with his fmily.
Cassandra was at Godmersham with Edward and Elizabeth.
So , it would appear JA was left at home with Mr and Mrs Austen.And Mrs Austen sill appears to be ill:
I returned from Manydown this morning, and found my mother certainly in no respect worse than when I left her. She does not like the cold weather, but that we cannot help.
That must have made for a very differnt Christas.With so few of thei family around them, dont you think?.
I wonder if she liked the alteration?
Here like Emma,she was fearful, or not as the case may be ,of not being able to go out because of snow:
I was to have dined at Deane to-day, but the weather is so cold that I am not sorry to be kept at home by the appearance of snow. We are to have company to dinner on Friday: the three Digweeds and James. We shall be a nice silent party, I suppose
(NB there is a typo in the Brabourne edition on line here: it states JA was to have dined at Keane.JA and a 21st century soft rock group...Interesting!)
Wednesday. -- The snow came to nothing yesterday, so I did go to Deane, and returned home at nine o'clock at night in the little carriage, and without being very cold
At least she had not to worry about Mr Elton: a Man unsafe in Carriages...
She ends the letter inTrue Darcy style
God bless You
But just before this is one of my favourite lines in all her letters( for it rings true with me all the time)
You deserve a longer letter than this; but it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve. . .
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