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Written by Barbara
(8/14/2003 11:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR John Dashwood, penned by Deborah d'Bajor
] He must have married fairly young and lived with his wife somewhere not too near Norland!!
He is described as being a 'young' man, and that he married soon after he came of age, which is 21, I believe. We don't know how long it was until John and Fanny had their son, but if he is 4, that would have to make John at least 26. I don't know JA's cut-off age for calling someone 'young' but I don't suppose John is over 30.
Still, if Elinor is 19, then Mr and the second Mrs. Dashwood were married 20 years or more, so John would have been a young child of say 6 to 10 years old when that happened.
There is much we don't know. I've wondered if, for example, he might have stayed with his mother's people after she died, which was not uncommon in those days. The family left Stanhill 11 years prior to the action of the story, but there is no specific mention of John coming to Norland with them at that time--it says only that old Mr. D."received into his house the family of his nephew." But John not being raised with them would partially explain his lack of feelings for the girls as his sisters! If he were raised in the same home as them from the age of 7 or so until he married, it is very hard to understand indeed.
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