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An investigation into the character of Fanny Burney

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her not! — attack her, fight her, and down with her at once!'"1

Fanny's descriptions of some people she met show a great knowledge of human nature. This is the case with her description of Miss Brown \ which besides reflects great credit on Fanny's character as she evidently enjoyed hearing this girl make merry with the rest of the company without the slightest tracé of jealousy that the young lady attracted all attention to herself.

"Miss Brown, as I foresaw, proved the queen of the day. Miss Streatfield requires longer time to make conquests. She is, indeed, much more really beautiful than Fanny Brown, but Fanny Brown is much more showy, and her open, goodhumoured, gay, laughing face inspires an almost immediate wish of conversing and merry-making with her. Indeed, the two days she spent here have raised her greatly in my regard. She is a charming girl and so natural, and easy, and sweet-tempered, that there is no being half an hour in her company without ardently wishing her well...

"Miss Brown, however, was queen of the breakfast: for though her giddiness made everybody take liberties with her, her good-humour made everybody love her, and her gaiety made everybody desirous to associate with her. Sir Philip played with her as with a young and sportive kitten; Mr. Fuller laughed and chatted with her; and Mr. Seward, when here, teases and torments her. The truth is, he cannot bear her, and she, in return, equally fears and dislikes him, but still she cannot help attracting his notice."

Amusing too is her description of Miss Streatfield who wept to order, and enjoyed being seen with the tears trickling down her cheeks. Mrs. Thrale was undoubtedly right when she said: "Miss Burney would have run away,

1 Op. cit. Sept. 1778. ! Op. cit. June 1779.