Initial of last name, Mr

   A form of address which is infrequently used in modern times. though when husbands were often addressed by their wives as ‘Mr’ + last name, ‘Mr’ + initial of last name was a step towards intimacy.
   Thus Mr Pott, editor of the Eatanswill Cazette in Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers, is ‘Mr P.’ to his wife. Similarly, Mr Elton in Jane Austen‘s’ Emma is ‘my dear Mr E.’ to Mrs Elton. In Truman Capote’s short story Children on their Birthdays a woman who is thought to be decidedly eccentric addresses a neighbour as ‘Mr C.’

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