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|ch. 6 - poor Richard
Written by LaurieC
(9/26/2005 9:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, navy-list, penned by Emmeline
The following paragraph is a very sad commentary on a son not truly valued until after death, and then perhaps only as a topic of conversation (or to gain sympathy?). Another thing that struck me, however, is that it almost reads like a checklist of ideas, rather than a polished final draft. I wonder if this was a segment JA might have softened if she'd had more time and better health? Or maybe it's meant to be abbreviated and rather dismissive, because that's what happened to poor Richard in his shortened life (he was very young, indeed):
"The real circumstances of this pathetic piece of family history were, that the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome, hopeless son, and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year; that he had been sent to sea, because he was stupid and unmanageable on shore; that he had been very little cared for at any time by his family, though quite as much as he deserved; seldom heard of, and scarcely at all regretted..."
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