Question submitted by Jane:
You sound like an old friend of mine called Tabatha Fortescue? I seem to remember you marrying someone with a name similar to Sinclair. Please do let me know if you are one and the same. Yours in hope your old freind Jane Mayberry.
I am ancient dear, you must not expect that I will recall every person with whom I have been acquainted throughout my life–and you evidently did nothing interesting enough that the memory of you outlived your society. That said, I have been convinced for years now that my maiden name was Fortinbras, but now that you mention it, Fortescue does ring a bell, and therefore an acquaintance between us cannot be ruled out. You did not inform me of your maiden name, assuming you can recall yours. It may loosen my memory to hear it, though considering I have already forgotten what I had for breakfast, I do not think it wise to depend upon it.