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Re: Fanny and the 2 Hester Thrales


I've been getting acquainted with various people POB mentions in the canon - by chance, just because I've developed an interest in that period and am probably reading some of the sources POB would have. I'm surprised that Queenie is portrayed quite so generously in the canon. Here is Samuel Rogers, who knew everybody:

The world was most unjust in blaming Mrs. Thrale for marrying
Piozzi : he was a very handsome, gentlemanly and
amiable person and made her a very good husband.
In the evening he used to play to us most beauti-
fully on the piano. Her daughters never would
see her after that marriage ; and (poor woman)
when she was at a very great age I have
heard her say that quote " she would go down upon
her knees to them, if they would only be reconciled
to her."

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