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|The Poor Lad who danced " too ill to be endured"
Written by JulieW
(11/26/2006 12:25 p.m.)
Robin Vick in the JA's Report for 1999 gives an account of this poor chap, William Orde-Powlett, who danced so ill that JA like Elizabeth Bennet preferred to sit down instead of dancing with him.
This poor lad was only 16 at the time of the ball; Jane was 23.
Also, Robin Vick notes that:
In October 1801 he was sent as a pupil to Sydney Smith in Edingburgh who reported that " young Powlett is about 19, awkward, and reserved and not of interesting appearance".
In November Smith thought him " a very eccentric being, but I am in hopes I shall make something of him...but the following January "Mr Powlett ran away , and behaved in so extraodinary a manner that I was forced to desire Lord Bolton to remove him immediately"
Not much sympathy for him for JA's corner, though, note.
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