follow her husband to his estate in Ireland. The departure of this beloved sister who had always been her most intimate friend was a terrible blow to Madame d'Arblay. Susan had been the darling of her family, and the separation was keenly feit by all her friends, as is shown in the lines written by Dr. Burney On the departure of my daughter Susan to Ireland.1 Susan, who had never been strong, was in very weak health when she went to Ireland. There is, however, another fact, which explains this great sorrow of the family at Susan's departure for several years. Her marriage was not happy. Captain Phillips no longer cared for his wife and did not treat her well. He even tried to deprive her of the love of their little son, Norbury. Madame d'Arblay, who in later years left out of her diary everything that seemed too familiar for publication, does not mention the tragedy of Susan's life at all. But in her letters, as they are printed by Mr. Brimley Johnson from the Burney MSS.,2 Susan speaks frankly about the unhappy state of her family life. She was, however, too dutiful a wife to complain, and when Captain Phillips, who had for some time been in Ireland, arranged for her to go there too, she did not object, in spite of her weak health. Though she feit heart-broken, she did not show her grief in order to spare her father this sorrow. In Ireland her health became worse. The house had not nearly enough comforts for such a delicate woman, and, more than this, it was her unhappy life and homesicknèss which utterly exhausted her. Captain Phillips neglected her and was in love with Jane Brabazon, a young lady from the neighbourhood. Susan, however, saw that Jane not only did not return his love, but feit a great friendship for her. This friendship gave her great comfort during this difficult time. When, however, her health failed more and more, she was
1 Memoirs of Dr. Burney, Vol. III p. 221.
3 R. Brimley Johnson: Fanny Burney and the Burneys.