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Lesley Castle: An Unfinished Novel In Letters - LETTER the FOURTH Post by :msingathi Category :Long Stories Author :Jane Austen Date :May 2011 Read :3634

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Lesley Castle: An Unfinished Novel In Letters - LETTER the FOURTH

From Miss C. LUTTERELL to Miss M. LESLEY
Bristol February 27th

My Dear Peggy
I have but just received your letter, which being directed to
Sussex while I was at Bristol was obliged to be forwarded to me
here, and from some unaccountable Delay, has but this instant
reached me--. I return you many thanks for the account it
contains of Lesley's acquaintance, Love and Marriage with Louisa,
which has not the less entertained me for having often been
repeated to me before.

I have the satisfaction of informing you that we have every
reason to imagine our pantry is by this time nearly cleared, as
we left Particular orders with the servants to eat as hard as
they possibly could, and to call in a couple of Chairwomen to
assist them. We brought a cold Pigeon pye, a cold turkey, a cold
tongue, and half a dozen Jellies with us, which we were lucky
enough with the help of our Landlady, her husband, and their
three children, to get rid of, in less than two days after our
arrival. Poor Eloisa is still so very indifferent both in Health
and Spirits, that I very much fear, the air of the Bristol downs,
healthy as it is, has not been able to drive poor Henry from her

You ask me whether your new Mother in law is handsome and
amiable--I will now give you an exact description of her bodily
and mental charms. She is short, and extremely well made; is
naturally pale, but rouges a good deal; has fine eyes, and fine
teeth, as she will take care to let you know as soon as she sees
you, and is altogether very pretty. She is remarkably good-
tempered when she has her own way, and very lively when she is
not out of humour. She is naturally extravagant and not very
affected; she never reads anything but the letters she receives
from me, and never writes anything but her answers to them. She
plays, sings and Dances, but has no taste for either, and excells
in none, tho' she says she is passionately fond of all. Perhaps
you may flatter me so far as to be surprised that one of whom I
speak with so little affection should be my particular freind;
but to tell you the truth, our freindship arose rather from
Caprice on her side than Esteem on mine. We spent two or three
days together with a Lady in Berkshire with whom we both happened
to be connected--. During our visit, the Weather being
remarkably bad, and our party particularly stupid, she was so
good as to conceive a violent partiality for me, which very soon
settled in a downright Freindship and ended in an established
correspondence. She is probably by this time as tired of me, as
I am of her; but as she is too Polite and I am too civil to say
so, our letters are still as frequent and affectionate as ever,
and our Attachment as firm and sincere as when it first
commenced. As she had a great taste for the pleasures of London,
and of Brighthelmstone, she will I dare say find some difficulty
in prevailing on herself even to satisfy the curiosity I dare say
she feels of beholding you, at the expence of quitting those
favourite haunts of Dissipation, for the melancholy tho'
venerable gloom of the castle you inhabit. Perhaps however if she
finds her health impaired by too much amusement, she may acquire
fortitude sufficient to undertake a Journey to Scotland in the
hope of its Proving at least beneficial to her health, if not
conducive to her happiness. Your fears I am sorry to say,
concerning your father's extravagance, your own fortunes, your
Mothers Jewels and your Sister's consequence, I should suppose
are but too well founded. My freind herself has four thousand
pounds, and will probably spend nearly as much every year in
Dress and Public places, if she can get it--she will certainly
not endeavour to reclaim Sir George from the manner of living to
which he has been so long accustomed, and there is therefore some
reason to fear that you will be very well off, if you get any
fortune at all. The Jewels I should imagine too will undoubtedly
be hers, and there is too much reason to think that she will
preside at her Husbands table in preference to his Daughter. But
as so melancholy a subject must necessarily extremely distress
you, I will no longer dwell on it--.

Eloisa's indisposition has brought us to Bristol at so
unfashionable a season of the year, that we have actually seen
but one genteel family since we came. Mr and Mrs Marlowe are
very agreable people; the ill health of their little boy
occasioned their arrival here; you may imagine that being the
only family with whom we can converse, we are of course on a
footing of intimacy with them; we see them indeed almost every
day, and dined with them yesterday. We spent a very pleasant
Day, and had a very good Dinner, tho' to be sure the Veal was
terribly underdone, and the Curry had no seasoning. I could not
help wishing all dinner-time that I had been at the dressing
it--. A brother of Mrs Marlowe, Mr Cleveland is with them at
present; he is a good-looking young Man, and seems to have a good
deal to say for himself. I tell Eloisa that she should set her
cap at him, but she does not at all seem to relish the proposal.
I should like to see the girl married and Cleveland has a very
good estate. Perhaps you may wonder that I do not consider
myself as well as my Sister in my matrimonial Projects; but to
tell you the truth I never wish to act a more principal part at a
Wedding than the superintending and directing the Dinner, and
therefore while I can get any of my acquaintance to marry for me,
I shall never think of doing it myself, as I very much suspect
that I should not have so much time for dressing my own Wedding-
dinner, as for dressing that of my freinds.
Yours sincerely
C. L.

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