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|I shall always have a great regard for the Miss Martins
Written by Stephanie
(3/15/2011 6:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Martins, penned by Bridget D
I did chores on our farm growing up, so perhaps I am projecting, but in most farm families I know, everyone pitches in. The more helping hands, the more prosperous the farm. Even Jane Austen's gentility do not think it right to be idle, and in her other books, ladies do 'work,' like Charlotte Collins overseeing the mince pies, and Fanny Price helping with her brother's mending and packing. With farmers being low on the rankings of those who kept servants, I think two farm daughters' help would be needed, even had they little to do with the harder labour.
As for the rest, I did not say they DID have less education than Harriet, I said that we do not know, and stated my reasons for doubt. Apparently, they both go at once to Mrs. Goddard's: I wonder whether it is during the winter months, when things slow down in the agricultural world, and they can be spared? With no text to back my guesswork up, you are naturally free to believe the opposite. I am not even convinced myself -- I was simply speaking out loud, as it were, and wondering.
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