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Written by Line
(9/16/2007 8:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 29: We Plan Having a Steady Cook…, penned by JulieW
I haven't read "Persuasion" in a while, but weren't the Westgate Buildings where Anne's friend Mrs. Smith lived, and weren't they an address that Sir Walter sneered at? Of course, I know that JA wrote about real places, but this seems like an especially strong link between the author's real life and her fiction! Laura Place rings a bell too - did JA mention any of their other potential new addresses in her fiction?
About the "sedate, middle-aged man, who is to undertake the double office of husband to the [cook] and sweetheart to the [house-maid]": It struck me that JA definitely lived in pre-Victorian times - maybe I'm wrong, but I think this kind of joke would have been considered unacceptable in later decades, even in a private letter?
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