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|The name "Richard"
Written by Line
(10/18/2008 10:15 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Just my very personal idea, penned by Anna Ruby
I can't remember where I read it, but it seems the Austen family as a whole had a prejudice against the name "Richard", and were convinced that anyone by that name would eventually turn out to be less than worthy... So, when JA described "a thick-headed, unfeeling, unprofitable Dick Musgrove", she may have been describing the *name* (in an in-joke to her family) rather than a particular person (though of course I'm sure she could think of more than one example who could be the pattern for Dick!)
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