200 years ago Keats predicted his sister’s triple chins

On Monday 12 April 1819 Keats wrote to his sister:
“I ordered some bulbous roots for you at the Gardener’s, and they sent me some, but they were all in bud—and could not be sent—so I put them in our Garden. There are some beautiful heaths now in bloom in Pots—either heaths or some seasonable plants I will send you instead—perhaps some that are not yet in bloom that you may see them come out…
I have not been lately through Leicester Square—the first time I do I will remember your Seals.”
[These were the Tassie seals which she had expressed an interest in a month earlier].
“I have thought it best to live in Town this Summer, chiefly for the sake of books, which cannot be had with any comfort in the Country—besides my Scotch journey gave me a dose of the Picturesque with which I ought to be contented for some time. Westminster is the place I have pitched upon—the City or any place very confined would soon turn me pale and thin—which is to be avoided. You must make up your mind to get stout this summer—indeed I have an idea we shall both be corpulent old folks with triple chins and stumpy thumbs.”
[Keats spent most of the summer in Shanklin and Winchester, though he did get to Westminster for about a week in the autumn.
The image (from pinterest.com) shows Fanny Keats Llanos in later life. Count the chins.]

Keats House; (c) City of London Corporation; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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