warmly grcctcd, and even too warmly by the Patiënt, who tells me her agitation was too much for her — I little foresaw such an honour would ever have been mine when we so vainly struggled not to dïssatisfy in days of yore hopeless of doing more." 1
These passages show suf ficiently that Mrs. Burney in this family, which clung so much together, had not altogether won the gif la' hearts. Yet Fanny was very obedient to her wishes and when Mrs. Burney objected to her scribbling so much she made a bonfire of all her manuscripts.
When Hetty and Susan came home from Paris, it was decided that Susan should teach Fanny French. Susan had kept a diary for some time and when she came home she wrote an interesting comparison of her two elder sisten Hetty and Fanny:
"The characteristics of Hetty seem to be wit, generosity and openness of heart: — Fanny's, — sense, sensibility and bashfulness, and even a degree of prudery. Her understanding is superior, but her diffidence gives her a bashfulness before company with whom she is not intimate, which is a disadvantage to her. My eldest sister shines in conversation, because, though very modest, she is totally free from any mauuaise honte: were Fanny equally so, I am persuaded she would shine no less. I am afraid that my eldest sister is too communicative, and that my sister Fanny is too reserved. They are both charming girls — des filles comme il y en a
Peu "' , There is a short account of Fanny's education, wntten by
herself: "Frances was the only one of Mr. Burney's family
who never was placed in any seminary, and never was put
under any governess or instructor whatsoever. Merely and
literally self-educated, her sole emulation for improvement,
and sole spur for exertion, were her unbounded veneration
1 Printed by R. Brimley Johnson in: Fanny Burney and the Burneys. * Printed in: Fanny Burney, by Austin Dobson, p. 16.