You're not the only one puzzled. I've wondered that myself.
Posted by Gayle on June 13, 1998 at 12:35:01:
In response to Etc., etc., written by Barry on June 07, 1998 at 11:57:53
I was referring to the convention in some of the letters in her novels -- for example the letters by Mr Gardiner to Mr Bennet in Chapter 49 and towards the end of Chapter 50 of P & P, to finish with the words "Your's, &c." -- was that an actual letter writing convention at the time, or merely Jane Austen's way of shortening Sincerely? In other letters, such as Mrs Gardiner's to Lizzy in Chapter 52, the letter ends with "Your's, Sincerely."
I hope someone knows the answer and will share it with us. I've often wondered about that as I try to understand the customs of the time. Gayle
- Until expert help arrives, we are free to speculate Barry 19:08:49 6/14/98 (4)
- another small point to ponder Gayle 22:42:28 6/14/98 (3)
- -----shire Barry 17:52:28 6/22/98 (0)
- Why _____shire? Stolzi 09:37:19 6/15/98 (1)
- Thanks! This sheds some light on the subject. (nfm) Gayle 22:51:23 6/15/98 (0)
Posting followups to old messages is disabled; instead go to the main index and post a new message which mentions this one.