How to be particular

“Mr. H. began with Elizabeth, and afterwards danced with her again; but they do not know how to be particular.  I flatter myself, however, that they will profit by the three successive lessons which I have given them.”

letter to Cassandra
January 9, 1796

Jane was joking about dancing three times with Tom Lefroy at the ball the night before.  I believe dancing with anyone more than twice would provoke talk.

This is Jane’s first surviving letter.

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