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Written by MaryAnn K.
(9/26/2005 3:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, ch. 5 - reciprocal compliments, penned by LaurieC
I had highlighted those as well as well! One question I have, though. What is meant by the phrase, The baronet will never set the Thames on fire? I looked up the Thames and know it is the river which runs through London, but couldn't find anything about it being on fire, excepting when there has a horrible collision of two large ships, killing several hundred people. My friend from England was unable to come up with anything as well. Any ideas?
Other LOL comments I enjoyed:
And the description of Mary after meeting the Crofts, "was in a very animated, comfortable state of imaginary agitation when she came back." Tee Hee Hee!
And this paragraph, funny but also very pitiful about 'Poor Richard'. "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, when the intelligence of his death abroad had worked its way to Uppercross, two years before." Makes you wonder, there must have been someone in JA's life which she was writing about that she should have such a strong opinion about. Doesn't it seem that she put a lot of strong feeling into the introduction of this poor young man?
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