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Offbeat Jane Austen's Handwritten Letter About a Nightmarish Visit to the Dentist Is Up for Auction

14:16  22 october  2019
14:16  22 october  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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In addition to the horrifying dental report, Austen also writes about her mother’ s improving health, a visit to a family friend, and a department store shopping trip. Bonhams will include the letter in their annual Americana and Travel auction in New York on Wednesday, October 23.

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For about $100,000, you could own a tangible reminder that Jane Austen hated going to the dentist, too—even when she wasn’t the patient.

After escorting her three nieces to a dentist named Spence in 1813, Austen was so appalled at the dental practices of the time that she described them to her sister Cassandra in a letter, which could now sell for $80,000 to $120,000 at an auction later this week. Smithsonian reports that the value is so high partially because only 161 of an estimated 3000 letters written by the celebrated author still exist; the rest were destroyed by Austen’s family after her death, possibly to avoid personal matters from leaking to the public.

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Letters from Austen seldom come up for auction , because Cassandra Dealing with everything from a trip to the dentist with her nieces to her mother’s health ( Austen is hopeful she She also mentions a visit to a “Mrs T”. This is Fanny Tilson, the wife of Henry Austen ’ s business partner, James Tilson

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This letter doesn’t contain anything particularly private, but it does provide some intimate insight into Austen—who famously remained unmarried and childless herself—as a doting aunt and sister.

“The poor Girls & their Teeth!” she wrote. “We were a whole hour at Spence’s, & Lizzy’s were filed and lamented over again & poor Marianne had two taken out after all … we heard each of the two sharp hasty screams.”

While Austen doesn’t speculate about whether or not the work on the aforementioned nieces’ teeth was necessary, she definitely had an opinion about Spence’s treatment of her third (and favorite) niece Fanny.

“Fanny’s teeth were cleaned too—& pretty as they are, Spence found something to do to them, putting in gold & talking gravely … but I think he must be a Lover of Teeth & Money & Mischief to parade about Fannys [sic].”

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Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan have created revealing handwritten homages about the novelist for a charity auction .

If you think a visit to the dentist is uncomfortable in the age of anesthetics and easily accessible milkshakes, you can imagine that getting teeth filed, filled, and pulled in the early 19th century was a full-fledged nightmare. The main fix for a cavity was simply pulling the tooth out, which the Jane Austen Center explains was often done with a pelican or key, both metal instruments that were braced against the gum and then twisted to tear out the tooth.

In addition to the horrifying dental report, Austen also writes about her mother’s improving health, a visit to a family friend, and a department store shopping trip.

Bonhams will include the letter in their annual Americana and Travel auction in New York on Wednesday, October 23.

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