I am still a Cat if I see a Mouse.–

Today’s letter from 1813 was written to her sister while Jane Austen was staying at Godmersham.  One item of interest in this letter is a reply to some family occurrence Cassandra must have related, wherein the suggestion of Jane’s feelings towards her sister-in-law which has been present in other letters, is a bit more directly stated here in alluding to Mary Austen’s “professed” regard for Mrs Austen.   Also a few observances of human nature in this one, as when Jane speaks of a cap that Fanny bought but now does not like: “I consider it as a thing of course at her time of life — one of the sweet taxes of Youth to chuse in a hurry & make bad bargains.”  Enjoy —

23rd September 1813

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