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Written by JulieW
(Wednesday, 14 January 2009, at 9:39 a.m.)
Fanny was met walking with Miss Sharp and Miss Milles, the happiest being in the world; she sent a private message to her mamma implying as much. "Tell mamma that I am quite Palmerstone!" If little Lizzy used the same language she would, I dare say, send the same message from GoodnestoneLetter45
Rachel Hunter,was a novelist and was born in London, and little, not even her maiden name, is known of her early life.
She married an English merchant resident in Lisbon, Portugal, but her husband died after they had been married for ten years and Rachel Hunter returned to England.
She took up residence in Norwich in either 1794 or 1795, and devoted herself thenceforth to literary pursuits. Well.....of a kind ;-)
She wrote both Gothic novels as well as more didactic pieces characterized by a ‘strictly moral tendency’. Jane Austen knew and joked about Mrs Hunter's books, which included Letitia, or, The Castle without a Spectre (1801), History of the Grubthorpe Family (1802) and , one she shared with Fanny: Letters from Mrs Palmerstone to her Daughter, Inculcating Morality by Entertaining Narratives (1803), . really the titles alone are enough to make Catherine Morland go pink with pleasure!
Here is a link to the text of volume III of the book at Google Books. to give you some idea of Mrs Hunter's style: just the sort of thing to make JA rise to the challenge, I would say ;-)
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