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APENNSTATEELECTRONICCLASSICSSERIESPUBLICATIONLadySusanbyJaneAustenLadySusanbyJaneAustenisapublicationofthePennsylvaniaStateUniversityThisPortableDocumentfileisfurnishedfreeandwithoutanychargeofanykindAnypersonusingthisdocumentfile,foranypurpose,andinanywaydoessoathisorherownriskNeitherthePennsylvaniaStateUniversitynorJimManis,FacultyEditor,noranyoneassociatedwiththePennsylvaniaStateUniversityassumesanyresponsibilityforthematerialcontainedwithinthedocumentorforthefileasanelectronictransmission,inanywayLadySusanbyJaneAusten,thePennsylvaniaStateUniversity,ElectronicClassicsSeries,JimManis,FacultyEditor,Hazleton,PAisaPortableDocumentFileproducedaspartofanongoingstudentpublicationprojecttobringclassicalworksofliterature,inEnglish,tofreeandeasyaccessofthosewishingtomakeuseofthemCoverDesign:JimManisCopyright©ThePennsylvaniaStateUniversityThePennsylvaniaStateUniversityisanequalopportunityuniversityJaneAustenLadySusanbyJaneAustenILadySusanVernontoMrVernonLangford,DecMyDearBrother,IcannolongerrefusemyselfthepleasureofprofitingbyyourkindinvitationwhenwelastpartedofspendingsomeweekswithyouatChurchhill,and,therefore,ifquiteconvenienttoyouandMrsVernontoreceivemeatpresent,IshallhopewithinafewdaystobeintroducedtoasisterwhomIhavesolongdesiredtobeacquaintedwithMykindfriendsherearemostaffectionatelyurgentwithmetoprolongmystay,buttheirhospitableandcheerfuldispositionsleadthemtoomuchintosocietyformypresentsituationandstateofmindandIimpatientlylookforwardtothehourwhenIshallbeadmittedintoYourdelightfulretirementIlongtobemadeknowntoyourdearlittlechildren,inwhoseheartsIshallbeveryeagertosecureaninterestIshallsoonhaveneedforallmyfortitude,asIamonthepointofseparationfrommyowndaughterThelongillnessofherdearfatherpreventedmypayingherthatattentionwhichdutyandaffectionequallydictated,andIhavetoomuchreasontofearthatthegovernesstowhosecareIconsignedherwasunequaltothechargeIhavethereforeresolvedonplacingheratoneofthebestprivateschoolsintown,whereIshallhaveanopportunityofleavinghermyselfinmywaytoyouIamdetermined,yousee,nottobedeniedadmittanceatChurchhillItwouldindeedgivememostpainfulsensationstoknowthatitwerenotinyourpowertoreceivemeYourmostobligedandaffectionatesister,SVernonLadySusanIILadySusanVernontoMrsJohnsonLangfordYouweremistaken,mydearAlicia,insupposingmefixedatthisplacefortherestofthewinter:itgrievesmetosayhowgreatlyyouweremistaken,forIhaveseldomspentthreemonthsmoreagreeablythanthosewhichhavejustflownawayAtpresent,nothinggoessmoothlythefemalesofthefamilyareunitedagainstmeYouforetoldhowitwouldbewhenIfirstcametoLangford,andMainwaringissouncommonlypleasingthatIwasnotwithoutapprehensionsformyselfIremembersayingtomyself,asIdrovetothehouse,“Ilikethisman,prayHeavennoharmcomeofit!”ButIwasdeterminedtobediscreet,tobearinmindmybeingonlyfourmonthsawidow,andtobeasquietaspossible:andIhavebeenso,mydearcreatureIhaveadmittednoone’sattentionsbutMainwaring’sIhaveavoidedallgeneralflirtationwhateverIhavedistinguishednocreaturebesides,ofallthenumbersresortinghither,exceptSirJamesMartin,onwhomIbestowedalittlenotice,inordertodetachhimfromMissMainwaringbut,iftheworldcouldknowmymotivetheretheywouldhonourmeIhavebeencalledanunkindmother,butitwasthesacredimpulseofmaternalaffection,itwastheadvantageofmydaughterthatledmeonandifthatdaughterwerenotthegreatestsimpletononearth,ImighthavebeenrewardedformyexertionsasIoughtSirJamesdidmakeproposalstomeforFredericabutFrederica,whowasborntobethetormentofmylife,chosetosetherselfsoviolentlyagainstthematchthatIthoughtitbettertolayasidetheschemeforthepresentIhavemorethanoncerepentedthatIdidnotmarryhimmyselfandwerehebutonedegreelesscontemptiblyweakIcertainlyshould:butImustownmyselfratherromanticinthatrespect,andthatrichesonlywillnotsatisfymeTheeventofallthisisveryprovoking:SirJamesisgone,Mariahighlyincensed,andMrsMainwaringinsupportablyjealoussojealous,inshort,andsoenJaneAustenragedagainstme,that,inthefuryofhertemper,Ishouldnotbesurprizedatherappealingtoherguardian,ifshehadthelibertyofaddressinghim:butthereyourhusbandstandsmyfriendandthekindest,mostamiableactionofhislifewashisthrowingheroffforeveronhermarriageKeepuphisresentment,therefore,IchargeyouWearenowinasadstatenohousewasevermorealteredthewholepartyareatwar,andMainwaringscarcelydaresspeaktomeItistimeformetobegoneIhavethereforedeterminedonleavingthem,andshallspend,Ihope,acomfortabledaywithyouintownwithinthisweekIfIamaslittleinfavourwithMrJohnsonasever,youmustcometomeatWigmorestreetbutIhopethismaynotbethecase,forasMrJohnson,withallhisfaults,isamantowhomthatgreatword“respectable”isalwaysgiven,andIamknowntobesointimatewithhiswife,hisslightingmehasanawkwardlookItakeLondoninmywaytothatinsupportablespot,acountryvillageforIamreallygoingtoChurchhillForgiveme,mydearfriend,itismylastresourceWerethereanotherplaceinEnglandopentomeIwouldpreferitCharlesVernonismyaversionandIamafraidofhiswifeAtChurchhill,however,ImustremaintillIhavesomethingbetterinviewMyyoungladyaccompaniesmetotown,whereIshalldepositherunderthecareofMissSummers,inWigmorestreet,tillshebecomesalittlemorereasonableShewillmadegoodconnectionsthere,asthegirlsareallofthebestfamiliesThepriceisimmense,andmuchbeyondwhatIcaneverattempttopayAdieu,IwillsendyoualineassoonasIarriveintownYoursever,SVernonLadySusanIIIMrsVernontoLadyDeCourcyChurchhillMydearMother,IamverysorrytotellyouthatitwillnotbeinourpowertokeepourpromiseofspendingourChristmaswithyouandwearepreventedthathappinessbyacircumstancewhichisnotlikelytomakeusanyamendsLadySusan,inalettertoherbrotherinlaw,hasdeclaredherintentionofvisitingusalmostimmediatelyandassuchavisitisinallprobabilitymerelyanaffairofconvenience,itisimpossibletoconjectureitslengthIwasbynomeanspreparedforsuchanevent,norcanInowaccountforherladyship’sconductLangfordappearedsoexactlytheplaceforherineveryrespect,aswellfromtheelegantandexpensivestyleoflivingthere,asfromherparticularattachmenttoMrMainwaring,thatIwasveryfarfromexpectingsospeedyadistinction,thoughIalwaysimaginedfromherincreasingfriendshipforussinceherhusband’sdeaththatweshould,atsomefutureperiod,beobligedtoreceiveherMrVernon,Ithink,wasagreatdealtookindtoherwhenhewasinStaffordshireherbehaviourtohim,independentofhergeneralcharacter,hasbeensoinexcusablyartfulandungeneroussinceourmarriagewasfirstinagitationthatnoonelessamiableandmildthanhimselfcouldhaveoverlookeditallandthough,ashisbrother’swidow,andinnarrowcircumstances,itwaspropertorenderherpecuniaryassistance,IcannothelpthinkinghispressinginvitationtohertovisitusatChurchhillperfectlyunnecessaryDisposed,however,ashealwaysistothinkthebestofeveryone,herdisplayofgrief,andprofessionsofregret,andgeneralresolutionsofprudence,weresufficienttosoftenhisheartandmakehimreallyconfideinhersinceritybut,asformyself,Iamstillunconvinced,andplausiblyasherladyshiphasnowwritten,IcannotmakeupmymindtillIbetterunderstandherrealmeaningincomingtousYoumayguess,therefore,mydearmadam,withwhatfeelingsIlookforwardtoherarrivalShewillhaveoccasionforallthoseattractivepowersforwhichsheiscelebratedtoJaneAustengainanyshareofmyregardandIshallcertainlyendeavourtoguardmyselfagainsttheirinfluence,ifnotaccompaniedbysomethingmoresubstantialSheexpressesamosteagerdesireofbeingacquaintedwithme,andmakesverygraciousmentionofmychildrenbutIamnotquiteweakenoughtosupposeawomanwhohasbehavedwithinattention,ifnotwithunkindness,toherownchild,shouldbeattachedtoanyofmineMissVernonistobeplacedataschoolinLondonbeforehermothercomestouswhichIamgladof,forhersakeandmyownItmustbetoheradvantagetobeseparatedfromhermother,andagirlofsixteenwhohasreceivedsowretchedaneducation,couldnotbeaverydesirablecompanionhereReginaldhaslongwished,Iknow,toseethecaptivatingLadySusan,andweshalldependonhisjoiningourpartysoonIamgladtohearthatmyfathercontinuessowellandam,withbestlove,c,CatherineVernonIVMrDeCourcytoMrsVernonParklandsMydearSister,IcongratulateyouandMrVernononbeingabouttoreceiveintoyourfamilythemostaccomplishedcoquetteinEnglandAsaverydistinguishedflirtIhavealwaysbeentaughttoconsiderher,butithaslatelyfallenInmywaytohearsomeparticularsofherconductatLangford:whichprovethatshedoesnotconfineherselftothatsortofhonestflirtationwhichsatisfiesmostpeople,butaspirestothemoredeliciousgratificationofmakingawholefamilymiserableByherbehaviourtoMrMainwaringshegavejealousyandwretchednesstohiswife,andbyherattentionstoayoungmanpreviouslyattachedtoMrMainwaring’ssisterdeprivedanamiablegirlofherloverIlearntallthisfromMrSmith,nowinthisneighbourhood(Ihavedinedwithhim,atHurstandLadySusanWilford),whoisjustcomefromLangfordwherehewasafortnightwithherladyship,andwhoisthereforewellqualifiedtomakethecommunicationWhatawomanshemustbe!Ilongtoseeher,andshallcertainlyacceptyourkindinvitation,thatImayformsomeideaofthosebewitchingpowerswhichcandosomuchengagingatthesametime,andinthesamehouse,theaffectionsoftwomen,whowereneitherofthematlibertytobestowthemandallthiswithoutthecharmofyouth!IamgladtofindMissVernondoesnotaccompanyhermothertoChurchhill,asshehasnotevenmannerstorecommendherand,accordingtoMrSmith’saccount,isequallydullandproudWhereprideandstupidityunitetherecanbenodissimulationworthynotice,andMissVernonshallbeconsignedtounrelentingcontemptbutbyallthatIcangatherLadySusanpossessesadegreeofcaptivatingdeceitwhichitmustbepleasingtowitnessanddetectIshallbewithyouverysoon,andamever,Youraffectionatebrother,RDeCourcyVLadySusanVernontoMrsJohnsonChurchhillIreceivedyournote,mydearAlicia,justbeforeIlefttown,andrejoicetobeassuredthatMrJohnsonsuspectednothingofyourengagementtheeveningbeforeItisundoubtedlybettertodeceivehimentirely,andsincehewillbestubbornhemustbetrickedIarrivedhereinsafety,andhavenoreasontocomplainofmyreceptionfromMrVernonbutIconfessmyselfnotequallysatisfiedwiththebehaviourofhisladySheisperfectlywellbred,indeed,andhastheairofawomanoffashion,buthermannersarenotsuchascanpersuademeofherbeingprepossessedinmyfavourIwantedhertobedelightedatseeingmeIwasasamiableaspossibleontheoccasion,butallinvainShedoesnotlikemeTobesurewhenweconsiderthatIdidtakesomepainstopreventmybrotherinlaw’smarryingher,thiswantofcordialityisJaneAustennotverysurprizing,andyetitshowsanilliberalandvindictivespirittoresentaprojectwhichinfluencedmesixyearsago,andwhichneversucceededatlastIamsometimesdisposedtorepentthatIdidnotletCharlesbuyVernonCastle,whenwewereobligedtosellitbutitwasatryingcircumstance,especiallyasthesaletookplaceexactlyatthetimeofhismarriageandeverybodyoughttorespectthedelicacyofthosefeelingswhichcouldnotendurethatmyhusband’sdignityshouldbelessenedbyhisyoungerbrother’shavingpossessionofthefamilyestateCouldmattershavebeensoarrangedastopreventthenecessityofourleavingthecastle,couldwehavelivedwithCharlesandkepthimsingle,IshouldhavebeenveryfarfrompersuadingmyhusbandtodisposeofitelsewherebutCharleswasonthepointofmarryingMissDeCourcy,andtheeventhasjustifiedmeHerearechildreninabundance,andwhatbenefitcouldhaveaccruedtomefromhispurchasingVernonMyhavingpreventeditmayperhapshavegivenhiswifeanunfavourableimpression,butwherethereisadispositiontodislike,amotivewillneverbewantingandastomoneymattersithasnotwithheldhimfrombeingveryusefultomeIreallyhavearegardforhim,heissoeasilyimposedupon!Thehouseisagoodone,thefurniturefashionable,andeverythingannouncesplentyandeleganceCharlesisveryrichIamsurewhenamanhasoncegothisnameinabankinghouseherollsinmoneybuttheydonotknowwhattodowithit,keepverylittlecompany,andnevergotoLondonbutonbusinessWeshallbeasstupidaspossibleImeantowinmysisterinlaw’sheartthroughthechildrenIknowalltheirnamesalready,andamgoingtoattachmyselfwiththegreatestsensibilitytooneinparticular,ayoungFrederic,whomItakeonmylapandsighoverforhisdearuncle’ssakePoorMainwaring!IneednottellyouhowmuchImisshim,howperpetuallyheisinmythoughtsIfoundadismalletterfromhimonmyarrivalhere,fullofcomplaintsofhiswifeandsister,andlamentationsonthecrueltyofhisfateIpassedofftheletterashiswife’s,totheVernons,andwhenIwritetohimitmustbeundercovertoyouEveryours,SVernonLadySusanVIMrsVernontoMrDeCourcyChurchhillWell,mydearReginald,Ihaveseenthisdangerouscreature,andmustgiveyousomedescriptionofher,thoughIhopeyouwillsoonbeabletoformyourownjudgmentsheisreallyexcessivelyprettyhoweveryoumaychoosetoquestiontheallurementsofaladynolongeryoung,Imust,formyownpart,declarethatIhaveseldomseensolovelyawomanasLadySusanSheisdelicatelyfair,withfinegreyeyesanddarkeyelashesandfromherappearanceonewouldnotsupposehermorethanfiveandtwenty,thoughshemustinfactbetenyearsolder,Iwascertainlynotdisposedtoadmireher,thoughalwayshearingshewasbeautifulbutIcannothelpfeelingthatshepossessesanuncommonunionofsymmetry,brilliancy,andgraceHeraddresstomewassogentle,frank,andevenaffectionate,that,ifIhadnotknownhowmuchshehasalwaysdislikedmeformarryingMrVernon,andthatwehadnevermetbefore,IshouldhaveimaginedheranattachedfriendOneisapt,Ibelieve,toconnectassuranceofmannerwithcoquetry,andtoexpectthatanimpudentaddresswillnaturallyattendanimpudentmindatleastIwasmyselfpreparedforanimproperdegreeofconfidenceinLadySusanbuthercountenanceisabsolutelysweet,andhervoiceandmannerwinninglymildIamsorryitisso,forwhatisthisbutdeceitUnfortunately,oneknowshertoowellSheiscleverandagreeable,hasallthatknowledgeoftheworldwhichmakesconversationeasy,andtalksverywell,withahappycommandoflanguage,whichistoooftenused,Ibelieve,tomakeblackappearwhiteShehasalreadyalmostpersuadedmeofherbeingwarmlyattachedtoherdaughter,thoughIhavebeensolongconvincedtothecontraryShespeaksofherwithsomuchtendernessandanxiety,lamentingsobitterlytheneglectofhereducation,whichsherepresentshoweveraswhollyunavoidable,thatIamforcedtorecollecthowmanysuccessivespringsherladyshipspentintown,whileherdaughterwasleftinStaffordshiretoJaneAustenthecareofservants,oragovernessverylittlebetter,topreventmybelievingwhatshesaysIfhermannershavesogreataninfluenceonmyresentfulheart,youmayjudgehowmuchmorestronglytheyoperateonMrVernon’sgeneroustemperIwishIcouldbeaswellsatisfiedasheis,thatitwasreallyherchoicetoleaveLangfordforChurchhillandifshehadnotstayedthereformonthsbeforeshediscoveredthatherfriend’smanneroflivingdidnotsuithersituationorfeelings,ImighthavebelievedthatconcernforthelossofsuchahusbandasMrVernon,towhomherownbehaviourwasfarfromunexceptionable,mightforatimemakeherwishforretirementButIcannotforgetthelengthofhervisittotheMainwarings,andwhenIreflectonthedifferentmodeoflifewhichsheledwiththemfromthattowhichshemustnowsubmit,Icanonlysupposethatthewishofestablishingherreputationbyfollowingthoughlatethepathofpropriety,occasionedherremovalfromafamilywhereshemustinrealityhavebeenparticularlyhappyYourfriendMrSmith’sstory,however,cannotbequitecorrect,asshecorrespondsregularlywithMrsMainwaringAtanyrateitmustbeexaggeratedItisscarcelypossiblethattwomenshouldbesogrosslydeceivedbyheratonceYours,c,CatherineVernonLadySusanVIILadySusanVernontoMrsJohnsonChurchhillMydearAlicia,YouareverygoodintakingnoticeofFrederica,andIamgratefulforitasamarkofyourfriendshipbutasIcannothaveanydoubtofthewarmthofyouraffection,IamfarfromexactingsoheavyasacrificeSheisastupidgirl,andhasnothingtorecommendherIwouldnot,therefore,onmyaccount,haveyouencumberonemomentofyourprecioustimebysendingforhertoEdwardStreet,especiallyaseveryvisitissomuchdeductedfromthegrandaffairofeducation,whichIreallywishtohaveattendedtowhilesheremainsatMissSummers’sIwanthertoplayandsingwithsomeportionoftasteandagooddealofassurance,asshehasmyhandandarmandatolerablevoiceIwassomuchindulgedinmyinfantyearsthatIwasneverobligedtoattendtoanything,andconsequentlyamwithouttheaccomplishmentswhicharenownecessarytofinishaprettywomanNotthatIamanadvocatefortheprevailingfashionofacquiringaperfectknowledgeofalllanguages,arts,andsciencesItisthrowingtimeawaytobemistressofFrench,Italian,andGerman:music,singing,anddrawing,c,willgainawomansomeapplause,butwillnotaddonelovertoherlistgraceandmanner,afterall,areofthegreatestimportanceIdonotmean,therefore,thatFrederica’sacquirementsshouldbemorethansuperficial,andIflattermyselfthatshewillnotremainlongenoughatschooltounderstandanythingthoroughlyIhopetoseeherthewifeofSir

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