sympathy in their troubles. The French exiles who lived at Juniper Hall were very fond of her, and M. de Narbonne called her "all that is douce and all that is spiritueüe." 1 Unwilling to complain to her friends and strongly sensible of her duty towards her husband, she courageously bore the last unhappy years before her death.
Charles, the youngest of the brothers was known for his amiable temper as a school-boy. He inherited his father's extraordinary industry and became a famous classic scholar.
Charlotte, only a baby when her mother died, was a lively child. Garrick called her his little Dumpling Queen. Her diary is very spirited, but shows a different character from that of the careful, prudish Fanny. Unlike her sisters she seems to have been a bit of a flirt.
The diffidence which Dr. Burney had known, was a trouble against which almost all the Burney children had to fight. It seems to have run in the whole family for we find it in the Worcester branch of the Burneys too. Cousin Edward, the painter was known for it and it is quite possible that the careless vivacity of Charlotte and the clownish affectation of cousin Richard were partly put on to hide timidity. In none of them, however, was it so strong as in Fanny.
As a child Fanny was particularly shy and silent. Before strangers she seemed almost sheepish and not only in childhood but long afterwards, indeed until the publication of Evetina, she was the least noticed of all the Burney children. When she was quite young her appearance was not striking, as she was small and very short-sighted. She was, beside* decidedly backward in learning and was generally considered a little dunce. Fanny has mentioned this herself in the Memoirs of her father:
"Frances, the second daughter of Dr. Burney was during
1 Op. cit. Febr. 1800.