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|GR: Brandon, Eliza de Feuillide, and Warren Hastings
Written by Linden
(8/17/2003 4:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Brandon's sister at Avignon? (Ch.13), penned by Anne Charlotte
JA's cousin, the fascinating Eliza Hancock, married a Frenchman named de Feuillide, (though in her case there would have been problems in staying, since he was guillotined in the Reign of Terror): she later married Jane's brother Henry. Eliza was the god-daughter and probably illegitimate daughter of Warren Hastings.
There are a number of lurking similarities between the fictional Brandon and real Warren Hastings, all very slight and probably Austen family in-jokes. As well as the fact that they were both in India, Hastings's house was at a place called Daylesford. Giving Brandon a French connection is probably another one.
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