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Written by Mandy N
(9/20/2007 9:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not at all!! Why didn't Cassandra join JA?, penned by Reeba
My impression is Cassandra was called away alot by family and acquitances for assistance; the birth of a child or an illness...Cass. was away at Godmersham, Edward's home where the arrival of a sixth baby made her presence desirable when Mr and Mrs Austen decided to move to Bath.
Cassandra remained with the Lloyds at Ibthorpe a few weeks while Jane and her mother travelled onto Bath; I don't know if anything urgent kept Cass. away.. but the Austens were still looking for a suitable house in Bath while they still lived with the Leigh-Perrots.
I agree, Jane's letters reveal pain, sadness and depression.
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