15 January 1796 – Friday – continued from 14th

Friday.– At length the Day is come on which I am to flirt my last with Tom Lefroy, & when you receive this it will be over—-My tears flow as I write, at the melancholy idea.  Wm. Chute called here yesterday.  I wonder what he means by being so civil.  There is a report that Tom is going to be married to a Litchfield Lass.  John Lyford & his Sister bring Edward home to day, dine with us, & we shall all go together to Ashe.  I understand that we are to draw for Partners.–I shall be extremely impatient to hear from you again, that I may know how Eliza is, & when you are to return.  With best Love, &c., I am affec:tely yours       J: Austen

Miss Austen
The Rev. Mr Fowle’s

3 Responses to 15 January 1796 – Friday – continued from 14th

  1. Janet T says:

    That hurts my heart for dear Jane. It seems that the two of them held a true affection for one another, it only the strictness of the times re relationships had been different…

    • TessQ says:

      Yeah, her letters always make me wonder (given her general habits of writing overall in both letters and her fiction) how much of those comments is light-hearted irony and how much is truly felt emotion or where it falls on a sliding scale between those two. One of those things that make me more insatiably curious because there’s no way to research a definitive answer!

      I can’t help but wonder too, at ‘poor’ Mr Chute – whatever he did to deserve that barb… 😉

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