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Written by BarbaraB
(4/14/2003 11:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: A General, having his own way ..., penned by Ann2
I wondered this same thing myself and came to the conclusion that their mother must have had a great deal of influence. Eleanor says she was thirteen when her mother died, plenty of time for their mother to have a calming and positive effect on her growing family. Also, she could have helped them to adjust and deal with the General's temperament. I can't imagine that Henry's sense of humor and natural wit could have flourished so well if the mother had died when they were much younger.
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