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|End Ch. 3
Written by Katy B
(4/1/2006 10:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Gothic Humor, penned by Becky K
Whether she thought of him so much, while she drank her warm wine and water, and prepared herself for bed, as to dream of him when there, cannot be ascertained; but I hope it was no more than in a slight slumber, or a morning doze at most; for if it be true, as a celebrated writer has maintained, that no young lady can be justified in falling in love before the gentlemanís love is declared,[*] it must be very improper that a young lady should dream of a gentleman before the gentleman is first known to have dreamt of her.
Someone said in an earlier post that this novel contains a lot more of JA's thoughts and insights, which is what makes it so delightful. She refers to novels and writers a lot, and her comments seem to me to be satirical, at least, in the influence some of these notions had on the readers of those times.
I would like to know more, however, about the reference (*) which in my edition says "Vide a letter from Mr. Richardson, No. 97, vol. ii, Rambler". The author is apparently quoting said writer (Richardson) - can anyone tell me more about this reference? Who is Mr. Richardson and what is the context of this reference?
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