Melissa at Proffitt.com
Fri Mar 23 12:28:55 EST 2001
On Fri, 23 Mar 2001 13:21:09 +0100, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
>Me too. I actually found myself saying (inside the head) something
>along the lines of having nothing really with which to accuse myself,
>except of being a little indiscreet. When writing an essay on Jane
>Austen. Amazing how it's never as _good_ as JA though, isn't it? ;)
I alternate between wishing someone would discover ten or twelve of her
"missing" novels, and being brash enough to think I could write them
>But embarrassingly enough, when I went to send the essay off to our
>tutor, her address was given as Mrs M--, and I suddenly realised that
>I'd spelled Mrs as Mrs. all through the essay, and indeed, all
>through my life! Even my old Concise Oxford Dictionary didn't spell
>it that way, although Jane Austen and Dickens do. I'm _still_ a
>little surprised to find out that the spelling changed and I never
I'd always thought this was an American/British thing, as Mrs. and Mr. is
correct usage here, but in the British-published books I get, Mrs is
standard. Funny that you do it the other way...
American reprints of Dickens and Austen and others sometimes "standardize"
the spelling and punctuation, so I have two copies of _Pride and Prejudice_,
one for each style. I like it pure. :)
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