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|'Quite an Anna'
Written by Mandy N
(8/22/2011 5:22 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 71: Some questions., penned by Rachel G
Regading your question 2, I believe Anna is the daughter of James Austen by his first wife, Anne Matthew.
I also find the meaning of Jane's quote rather obscure. I may be wrong, but my impression is Jane is not well pleased with her niece Anna's second engagement, this time to Benjamin Lefroy.
Anna was an attractive young woman, considered by the family ,apparently, to be unpredictable, wayward and unsteady in temperment until her marriage to Ben Lefroy.
Hope this is of some help. Admittedly, the first part of the quote quite eludes me.
With reference to C. Tomalin. 'Jane Austen. A Life'.
Tomalin's biography has a concise Austen family tree displaying Jane's siblings, spouses, second spouses and children.
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