Posted by Kathy F. on June 07, 1997 at 19:02:16:
In reply to Re: Jane's and Frank's correspondence/ Drat! posted by kathleen (elder) on May 27, 1997 at 10:37:09
] ] DRAT! Kathleen! Okay so Frank was sparing Mrs. Westons feelings by "saying " no one else knew but really there was someone. I wonder what the Dixons knew? I live in a very small town and we still have a tiny local post office. Believe me if the clerk knew so would they all! LOL
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] LOL indeed! I grew up on a farm near a small town, and I know that feeling quite well. Everybody knew everybody's business, and then some!
I'm not sure that Jane Fairfax would not use a pseudonym. She probably would have detested it, but would have done it; and we know she sent at least one letter, and for it to have contained such trifling information about a carriage for somebody FC had (possibly?) never met, it seems to me that it was a regular correspondence. However, we are told in the book that FC has handwriting that looks almost feminine, so he could have written a female name, and the post-master might not have spread the news that JF was receiving letters from a female friend.
What do you think?