Stephen Howe (Books, 19 July) may have been reading the wrong book (there are only six of them, after all).There is no Elizabeth in Emma - however, in Emma, Mr Woodhouse speaks of them having killed a porker and suggests sending a leg to Miss Bates. In fact Emma sends the whole hind quarter, and the response from Miss Bates, relating to pork, is:

"My dear sir, if there is one thing my mother loves better than another it is pork - a roast loin of pork."

Edna Smee

This article first appeared in the 26 July 1999 issue of the New Statesman, I took tea with Pinochet