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|'reviving her with lavender water'.
Written by Mandy N
(10/10/2006 6:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A lavender water clue from Mr Tilney, penned by Tom P2
Pure lavender water has great relaxing properites and was widely used as a headache remedy in theis era.
Possibly, Elinor carried to the party a vinaigrette, a tightly sealed small box which contained a bit of gauze soaked in lavender water- contents were meant to be sniffed at to revive some-one feeling faint.
There is a picture of a silver vinagrette at http://www.georgianindex.net/Reticle/Chatelaine.html
'Martha left you her best Love,..., she has nevertheless desired me to ask yu to purchase for her two bottles of Steele's Lavender Water when you go into town.'
- Jane Austen to Cassandra. Jan, 1801.
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