Welcome back to Read Along Wednesday! We are getting closer to the end of Lady Susan’s schemes and machinations, and in Letter 25 you’ll see her inordinately pleased with herself. She had succeeded to hoodwink Mr de Courcy AGAIN! There he was incensed about Lady Susan’s treatment of Frederica and eager to intercede on her behalf that she not marry Sir James, whom she loathes. He was ready to leave Churchhill and return to his doting parents, but Lady Susan does it again! She assumes an air of injured dignity, offers to leave Churchhill herself, because since they cannot be under the same roof after their disagreement, she is reluctant – she claims – to separate de Courcy from his loving sister. He eats out of her hand of course, which does nothing to raise him in Lady Susan’s estimation. She despises him for his tractable temper and she mocks him in her letter to Mrs Johnson for being so easily swayed from indignation back to submissiveness.
There is something agreeable in feelings so easily worked on; not that I envy him their possession, nor would, for the world, have such myself; but they are very convenient when one wishes to influence the passions of another. And yet this Reginald, whom a very few words from me softened at once into the utmost submission, and rendered more tractable, more attached, more devoted than ever, would have left me in the first angry swelling of his proud heart without deigning to seek an explanation. Humbled as he now is, I cannot forgive him such an instance of pride, and am doubtful whether I ought not to punish him by dismissing him at once after this reconciliation, or by marrying and teazing him for ever.
Oh, that woman! Will she be able to keep Mr de Courcy in her thrall, while pursuing her other attachments? Or will she get her comeuppance at last?
Lady Susan to Mrs. Johnson
I call on you, dear Alicia, for congratulations: I am my own self, gay and triumphant! When I wrote to you the other day I was, in truth, in high irritation, and with ample cause. Nay, I know not whether I ought to be quite tranquil now, for I have had more trouble in restoring peace than I ever intended to submit toa spirit, too, resulting from a fancied sense of superior integrity, which is peculiarly insolent! I shall not easily forgive him, I assure you. He was actually on the point of leaving Churchhill!
Continue reading and join our discussion at the Writer’s Block: Lady Susan Letters 25-29