When she and a friend have spent several days together the day of parting seems particularly painful to her.

When Eliza goes home, Louisa says, "I shall feel quite lonesome now she is gone. -- But I live in hopes." (S13)

There is no such brave optimism when Harriet goes home. "I feel quite lonely now Harriet is gone. I shall retire early tonight; I do not feel well." (O10)

When Maria goes home after a stay of several days, Louisa doesn't mention the loneliness. Instead, she goes to her bower and notes that it is "now bereft of all its beauty." (N9)

Even when her sister Phebe is away she feels a pang. "Phebe went down with Ann this morning. I do not know what I shall do without her for a bedfellow." (S29—see also S18 )