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Written by Isabelle M
(1/27/2010 2:31 p.m.)
This reminds of Mansfield Park where Fanny's sisters squabble over a silver knife, which had originally been given to another (deceased) sister by her godmother.
Now this has always puzzled me because in my country at least, giving a knife as a present is a no-no. It seems in JA's time it was often done though, even as a present to a child. What sort of knife was it likely to be, a buttering knife? Or a knife to peel and cut fruit?
Did women use to carry a knife with them, to use during meals, for instance?
I hope questions are welcome in the group read - this is my first group read and the first time I read the letters!
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