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Written by BarbaraB
(1/25/2010 12:07 p.m.)
John Moore seems to be a very disparaged man. Apparently Cassandra had told her sister that he had gentlemanlike manners which JA agreed with but she did not find them winning nor did she find anything in him to admire. She was reserving whether she actually disliked him for further observation feeling one meeting could not decide this.
She speaks of him later in this letter when they are having dinner. She said it was pleasant and there was a great deal of merriment but JM did not contribute to it as he did not talk very much which it seems was not his general way. Jane assumed that strangers made him less talkative. He did apparently rouse himself sufficiently enough to become 'violent' as to his wife (? pronoun her) going to Eastwell. Mary found him disagreeable though James thought him conversible and pleasant.
In the biological index in the back of the Le Faye edition there is a note: 'The rector Mr. Moore is so universally hated here that when he made his first appearance at Church, on this marriage with Miss Bridges, to shew it the clerk put up & they sung the funeral hymn instead of the usual Nuptial Psalm.' Yikes!
Perhaps further letters will be more revealing about why he is so much disliked.
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