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|A couple of observations about ch.1
Written by Line
(4/1/2006 9:35 a.m.)
[As a child, Catherine] had a thin awkward figure...At fifteen, appearances were mending;...her features were softened by plumpness.
Once again evidence that thin was *not* considered attractive in JA's time.
Mrs. Morland was a very good woman, and wished to see her children everything they ought to be; but her time was so much occupied in lying–in and teaching the little ones, that her elder daughters were inevitably left to shift for themselves.
I wonder if JA was describing a sister-in-law or some of the other women she knew here? Moral: Having lots of babies isn't as much fun as they tell you, kids!
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