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|Letter 37: JA's black cap
Written by Line
(9/20/2007 8:22 p.m.)
What was the significance of JA's cap being black? Did older women wear black caps instead of white?
And in the postscript:
I scandalized [Mrs. Busby's] nephew cruelly; he has but three Children instead of Ten.
What did JA mean by "scandalizing him cruelly"?
I'm reminded of "Northanger Abbey": A family of ten children will be always called a fine family, where there are heads and arms and legs enough for the number.
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