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Written by Tracy W
(9/24/2005 11:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, how short a "shelf life"..., penned by Kalyn
It seems to have been quite a long time. In P&P Charlotte was still dancing at balls and marriagable at twenty-seven. In Emma, Miss Taylor must be in her thirties as best I can calculate (Emma lost her mother at 5, and is 21 when the novel starts, even if Miss Taylor started governessing at 16 she would be 32 by the novel's start).
I think LR's concerns were more due to seeing Anne being depressed in her family situation rather than worrying about age. I think LR knew as well as most that a second attachment is a pretty good cure for a broken heart, and to fall in love again with a proper return would make Anne happy.
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