Her private emotions
Posted by Barbara on April 17, 1998 at 12:30:14:
In response to Don't you think..., written by Helen on April 17, 1998 at 11:04:28
] As a JA fan, of course I regret that these letters were destroyed. But I can also understand that JA might not have wanted family and friends to see what she wrote about them in private or in the heat of the moment (she did love them, after all). And I can also understand that she would not have wanted her private emotions to be unveiled to the general public. She seems to have been quite reserved in a lot of ways (certainly her heroines are).
It probably is because Cassandra didn't feel right about revealing Jane's private emotions to everyone else. Tomalin hints that Jane must have kept a journal ( when she notes Cassandra's precise start and completion dates for MP). Certainly, I cannot imagine that Jane did not keep a journal--it seems that all writers feel compelled to do so. Cassandra must have destroyed this too. What a treasure trove of insight that would have been!
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