Col B's brother
Written by Bridget D
(10/5/2013 3:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't think it can be, penned by Norma
Can you quote any other similar expression in JA which pretty clearly refers to homosexuality? Apart from the pun on Rears and Vices in MP I can't think of anything of that nature..
I think that Col B would not refer to such a thing even very obliquely, with a lady. And in the context of the sentence, I think it simply means what it says.. he was a selfish and bad husband. He didn't care for Eliza and he was not a man who sougth respectable pleasures. So he did not treat her well and she fell into an affair. I think what it means is that he was away from home a lot, he drank and whored and problaby gambled.. and Eliza, neglected and unloved, found a lover...