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Written by Stephanie
(8/25/2011 10:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 75 (Brabourne 60), penned by Myretta
Is a neck of mutton really a sumptuous provision? And is the bit about Cassandra remembering the time of procuring mutton a reference to a trip to the butcher, or a mention of the cooking time needed, or the times of day it is available to be ordered, or something else?
Mr. 'Tilson' strikes me as being so similar a name to Mr. 'Tilney,' of Northanger Abbey fame that I can not help wondering... Does anyone else try to paint the descriptions of him with the details attributed to Catherine's love? *chuckles* After all, he is tall, and agreeable, and draws sketches! Ah, but then he wants to turn trees into money...
Did Harriet / Harriot both do for the lady's name?
The Shakespearean reference has me a trifle confused, for Daniel was known for his judgment, and Portia for hers, not the mental acuity one would suppose Cassandra used in remembering which of two sisters is oldest! I suppose Jane was just being flippant, rather than exact?
I have seen gooseberry recipes that called for them to be green and others that wanted the gooseberries ripe: does anyone know which a Regency family might prefer?
bombasin =?= bombazine
I so like the styles of these letters. I suppose Jane would be glad to know we are not poring over all she wrote, but I can not help lamenting...!
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