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|Letter 71: Some questions.
Written by Rachel G
(8/21/2011 2:06 p.m.)
1. Referring to the forthcoming publication of S&S:
Does anyone happen to know whether the incomes in S&S were in fact revised as JA wished prior to publication?
2. "My mother and Martha both write with great satisfaction of Anna's behaviour. She is quite an Anna with variations, but she cannot have reached her last, for that is always the most flourishing and showy; she is at about her third or fourth, which are generally simple and pretty."
Am I right in thinking that "Anna" is Janes Austen's eldest daughter by his first wife, later Anna Lefroy?
I do not understand JA's meaning in the quote given above - can anyone elucidate?
3. "I am sorry to hear of poor Fanny's state. From that quarter, I suppose, is to be the alloy of her happiness. I will have no more to say."
Can anyone explain this rather cryptic comment about Fanny?
I'd be very grateful for any help.
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