• 9th August 1818

    Mrs Page began talking about my getting married. Told me I had a good figure, good complexion, held myself well & was, she thought, good-tempered. That I should be good-looking if I dressed my hair with bows, as they do now, and with curls, etc. She is a vulgar, good sort of woman, fond of giving her opinions and advice. I took it all well, was amused, led her on & praised her &, I daresay, came off with flying colours.

Isabella ‘Tib’ Norcliffe

Isabella Norcliffe became friends with Anne in 1810. They remained friends and occasional lovers throughout the remainder of Anne’s life. Anne’s rejection of her as a life-partner was a bitter blow to Isabella, who remained single all her life. Anne disapproved of Isabella’’s drinking. As Isabella would come very much to regret, she introduced Anne to Mariana Belcombe, who would become lifelong lovers with Anne and the love of Anne’s life.

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