Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
Written by Cheryl
(9/25/2005 4:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Admiral Croft and his accidental hearing..., penned by Emmy
"It seemed as if Mr. Shepherd, in this anxiety to bespeak Sir Walter's goodwill towards a naval officer as tenant, had been gifted with foresight; for the very first application for the house was from an Admiral Croft, with whom he shortly afterwards fell into company in attending the quarter sessions at Taunton; and indeed, he had received a hint of the admiral from a London correspondent."
I think it's quite clear that Mr Shepherd had been discussing Sir Walter's situation with other men of business, just putting out feelers as to anyone wishing to let an estate. And he got a reply from his "London correspondent." I'm quite sure that he already had Admiral Croft in mind, even if he hadn't actually met him yet, when he began hinting to Sir Walter about all the "rich naval officers" now on land. That first bit in the quote above about being "gifted with foresight" is meant to be ironic, imo. It wasn't foresight, but careful planning and ground-laying on Mr Shepherd's part!
He's a very clever and astute man.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.