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Written by Julia Mac
(8/25/2013 2:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, a child at the time, penned by Jerry
Knightly comments on Frank's duty to pay respects to his 'new' mother, Mrs Weston, but others remark that his aunt (2nd mother) monopolises his time and duty.
Jane Fairfax does also suffer from competing duties, but they relate to establishing an independent future for herself. She is trying to secretly be in Frank's company, but she is publically looking for a position as a governess.
While Frank suffers from too many parental figures, Jane suffers from having none. Her aunt and grandmother are not parental figures because they do not exact the same duty from Jane as Mrs Churchill does from Frank. Neither side can support the other financially.
Parents are often a nuisance in all of Austen's novels, either through their absence (death), or there being too many of them!
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