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|Letter 91 (Brabourne 65)
Written by Myretta
(2/16/2013 10:06 a.m.)
October 11-12 1813 from Godmersham Park to Cassandra at Chawton
On the outside of this letter, Fanny Knight writes, "My Dearest At: Cass: -- I have just asked At: Jane to let me write a little in her letter but she does not like it so I won't. -- good bye." Le Faye speculates that Jane did not wish Fanny to see her comments on Fanny's brothers and her admirer Mr. Plumptre.
The rest of the letter is full of news and gossip. Cassandra hears about all the visits and trips during Jane's time at Godmersham and the astounding number of people she saw and head about, all of which is passed on to her sister.
Some of Le Faye's notes:
Weyhill week - Weyhill, near Andover, Hants. A week-long fair was held there (see Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, ch. 1)
Tolland Royal - Wiltshire; at that time the home of Anna's future brother- and sister-in-law, Revd Henry Rice and his wife Lucy (LeFroy)
Self Control - A novel by Mary Brunton.
Harriot Byron - Sir Charles Grandison letter 33: "What shall I do with my gratitutde! O my dear, I am overwhelmed with my gratitude; I can only express it in silence before them."
Johncock - The Godmersham butler
Naming a heroine after Charlotte William - The heroine of Sanditon is Charlotte.
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