R. W. Chapman (ed.), The Works of Jane Austen, Vol. 6: Minor Works (Revised Edition)

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A Middle-aged Flirt

Memoir ch. 5. Maria was substituted for Camilla, sc. Wallop (q.v. in Index to Letters. See my note on Letter 74. 1).

  • On the marriage of a middle-aged Flirt with a Mr. Wake, whom, it was supposed, she would scarcely have accepted in her youth.
  • Maria, good-humoured, and handsome, and tall,
  •    For a husband was at her last stake;
  • And having in vain danced at many a ball,
  •    Is now happy to jump at a Wake.

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