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Written by Ramya
(9/19/2010 1:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I disagree. It was well-known in Jane Austen's time, penned by AnnetteJ
sodomy or not, it was still a coarse joke, IMO. If her uncle, the Admiral, was so vicious as to bring his mistress into his house soon after his wife died, we can assume that Mary didn't just mean things like gluttony and pride. "Vices" is a strong word, and would encompass all kinds of things that would be considered really bad.
The more surprising aspect of the conversation to me is, even while she is denouncing the navy as a profession, she is snobbish about her close familiarity with the uppermost ranks of the navy, and boasts that she is not familiar with people from the "inferior ranks".
“Among admirals, large enough; but,” with an air of grandeur, “we know very little of the inferior ranks. Post–captains may be very good sort of men, but they do not belong to us.
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