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|It was customary in polite society
Written by JulieW
(1/28/2004 5:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marital forms of address..., penned by Mandy N
In JA's books it is usually a habit adopted by people of an older gernation, or it is used in her earlier works.
For example, in P+P we have Mr and Mrs Bennet who always address each other formally,but in Emma, written much later, Mr Knightley asks Emma if she will address him as "George",which seems to suggest that by that time it was perfectly acceptable for married coples to address each other so( the beautifully correct Emma, true daughter of the attentively formal Mr Woodhouse,refuses so to do)Certainly John Knightley addresses his wife by her first name.;-)
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