A vortex of dissipation

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More advice from Jane to her writing niece:

“Devereux Forester’s being ruined by his Vanity is extremely good; but I wish you would not let him plunge into a ‘vortex of Dissipation’.¬† I do not object to the Thing, but I cannot bear the expression;–it is such thorough novel slang–and so old, that I dare say Adam met with it in the first novel he opened.”

letter to Anna Austen
September 28, 1814 [108]

Jane was writing from her home at Chawton, which is now Jane Austen’s House Museum.

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