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Written by Robbin
(8/25/2011 5:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 75 (Brabourne 60), penned by Myretta
Jane is writing in the summer, June, but I still had to smile in reading “We have considerable dealings with the waggons at present: a hamper of port and brandy from Southampton is now in the kitchen” (75) because of Mary Crawford’s trials during the harvest in obtaining a wagon to deliver her harp to the parsonage:
“I was astonished to find what a piece of work was made of it! To want a horse and cart in the country seemed impossible, so I told my maid to speak for one directly; and as I cannot look out of my dressing–closet without seeing one farmyard, nor walk in the shrubbery without passing another, I thought it would be only ask and have, and was rather grieved that I could not give the advantage to all. Guess my surprise, when I found that I had been asking the most unreasonable, most impossible thing in the world; had offended all the farmers, all the labourers, all the hay in the parish! As for Dr. Grant’s bailiff, I believe I had better keep out of his way; and my brother–in–law himself, who is all kindness in general, looked rather black upon me when he found what I had been at.” (MP, 6)
I confess the mere mention of a harp or a wagon brings this favorite quote to my mind because I can never stop laughing at Mary’s saying she offended all the hay in the parish. (:D)
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