So I’m rereading Northanger Abbey when this quote hits me:
“Her[Catherine’s] father was a clergyman, without being neglected, or poor, and a very respectable man, though his name was Richard-“
Oooooooh! That is a major burn. Obviously there was a Richard in her life who really upset her so much that she included this in her novel.
I have to say that I have wanted to write a novel for a while, whether or not I will is yet to be determined, but if I do and I have an annoying character that I want everyone to hate and I am going to name it after my annoying and rude coworker from my previous job, Wanda. You can read more about that relationship in my post, Five to Nine.
So what Richard ticked her off so bad that he had his name thrown in the mud? Some people think she is talking about Richard III. But I don’t know-for her to have such a dislike I’m thinking it refers to someone who is more personally connected.
Well whoever he is-Jane got the last word. As they say:
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Richard ‘Dick’ Musgrove is mentioned in ‘Persuasion’, and I’m pretty sure she has an unsympathetic Richard in another novel, so yeah. Wouldn’t be at all surprised.