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Written by Barbara
(4/2/2012 8:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Poor Richard!, penned by Helen Kaye
Jane Austen had another joke on the name 'Richard' in Persuasion (which was originally published together with NA).
Louisa explains why Mrs. Musgrove was 'out of spirits' during a visit by Capt. Wentworth, who was captain of the ship on which 'poor Richard' Musgrove sailed before he died. Louisa says the visit with CW reminded her mamma of their late brother:
"[He was] Richard's captain, at one time; I do not know when or where, but a great while before he died, poor fellow! And upon looking over his letters and things, she found it was so, and is perfectly sure that this must be the very man, and her head is quite full of it, and of poor Richard! So we must all be as merry as we can, that she may not be dwelling upon such gloomy things."
Then the narrator adds this about 'poor Richard':
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