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Written by Myretta
(2/12/2013 10:33 a.m.)
February 9, 1813 to Cassandra from Chawton to Steventon
Cassandra is to visit their friends, the Bigg-Withers at Manydown and Jane mentions that it might be her last visit there. Here's why from Le Faye's notes:
Old Mr. Bigg-Wither was very close to his end (he died on 24 Feb 1813) and in accordance with the etiquette of the period his two single daughters would be expected to leave Manydown when the heir, their brother Harris, brought his wife and children to take over the family home. In the event they went to live in Winchester where JA and CEA continued to visit them.
Mrs. Heathcote is a widowed Bigg sister who had returned to Manydown at the death of her husband.
The aunt and uncle she refers to are the Leigh-Perrots who had given up renting 1 Paragon and purchased 49 Pulteney St. during the winter of 1810-11
The phrase "bell, book, and candle" refers to a method of excommunication for one who had committed a particularly grievous sin. Apparently introduced around the late 9th century, the practice was once used by the Catholic Church; in modern times, a simple pronouncement is made. This ceremony involved a bishop, with 12 priests, reciting an oath on the altar:
According to Le Faye, the Edgeworth the Clements are reading is probably Tales of Fashionable Life
I love that she is still engrossed in what people think of Pride & Prejudice and that she is sending out parts of MP to be read by her friends.
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