Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

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Since the beginning of the Erigena affair she had her suspicions that they had not been given all the information on the subject. Now having heard nothing from Lady Grant and the date of her departure approaching she had concluded that everything had been changed and that Mrs Strachey had not sent on her letter. What seems obvious is that she and the General take on all the duties so numerous in a large family like theirs. Why does she not put into execution now the plan she has often spoke of to come with the family and spend six months in France giving her children the opportunity of speaking French. On George Eliot she comments; 'Je suis incroyablement fiere que George Eliot ait prononce mon nom, at tres satisfaite en Mr Harrison pour s'etre enquis avec tant d'insistence de votre identite' [See letters of 16 Mar 1972 and 12 Jan 1973 where the identification of Mrs Strachey with one of the characters in 'Middlemarch' is referred to] Further remarks on GE's work. Brief reference to M Thiers.