When giving us the history of Jane Fairfax, Emma by Jane Austen has this line:
Jane Fairfax was an orphan, the only child of Mrs Bates's youngest daughter. The marriage of Lieut. Fairfax, of the ——— regiment of infantry, and Miss Jane Bates, had had its day of fame and pleasure, hope and interest; but nothing now remained of it, save the melancholy remembrance of him dying in action abroad—of his widow sinking under consumption and grief soon afterwards—and this girl.
Emma, chapter XX
In my copy, there is one solid line about the length of three em-dashes instead of the name or number of the regiment.
Why is this censored in this way? If Austen didn't want to specify, why not just write around it - "Lieut. Fairfax of an infantry regiment"? Was this changed at some point in editing?
Why is this censored in this way?