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Written by Rachel G
(8/22/2011 3:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hanged, penned by Rachel G
It was indeed used to describe the eponymous hero of "Tom Jones." I've put a link below to the relevant passage in Fielding's novel.
I also found posts in the L&T Archives which say that this novel was in the Rev Austen's library, and that JA discussed it with Tom Lefroy.
So I think that JA's use of the expression in Letter 71 is probably a literary allusion to "Tom Jones", and not at all as horrible as it first appears.
|Tom Jones - Born to be hanged.|
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