Spoiler Alert! It’s Xantippe!

My mother has been ill… partly I believe from agitation.

You will conceive that she must experience it in these circumstances, though they are “to her heart’s desire.”

It is rarely that so fond a mother is so little selfish.

Her indulgence is for my sake – not her own.

Are you not afraid that such a spoiled child will prove a Xantippe?

You must console yourself with the hope that I am tired of having my own way, if that period be not to womankind like the eternally future one of Discretion.

Seaham Hall (September 28 1814)

Sources Used:

The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella Lady Noel Byron Ethel Colburn Mayne (London: Constable & Co Ltd 1929)

"And So I Must Let People Say What They Will Of Me" ~ Lady Byron

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