I am reading a book called Howards End by E. M. Forster.
In the first chapter there is a letter and at the end of letter are the following words:
. . . Much love. Modified love to Tibby. Love to Aunt Juley . . .
What does modified love mean?
I did some research and found one of the meanings of modify at dictionary.com:
5. to reduce or lessen in degree or extent; moderate; soften: to modify one's demands.
But except for this meaning, I was unable to find any explanation for this phrase.
So modified love means "less love"?