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|Money and perhaps, influence?
Written by Ramya
(1/26/2011 2:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Goddard & Mr. Woodhouse, penned by Robbin
I like the idea that Mr. Wodehouse provided the capital to get her started on her school. In addition, I think Mr. Wodehouse's recommendation of her boarding school would have carried a lot of weight, because of his higher status in society.
Mr. Wodehouse comes across as kindly towards those of a lower social status. It must be owing in a large degree to him that Miss Taylor was treated as a friend rather than as a servant at Hartfield. He is also concerned about the well-being of his servants- he takes care to recommend James' daughter to the Westons (It was very lucky, for I would not have had poor James think himself slighted upon any account Ch. 1)
So perhaps, he recommended Mrs. Goddard's boarding school to his friends and acquaintances, much like recommending Serle's boiled egg to his house-guests. Mrs. ---, let me propose your venturing on Mrs. Goddard's school for your daughter. Mrs. Goddard understands boarding schools better than any body. I would not recommend a boarding school run by any body else -- ;-)
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