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|L&V and NA: Filial Disobedience
Written by Cheryl
(6/20/2006 11:19 p.m.)
NA: I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience. (Ch 31)
There is plenty of filial disobedience in L&F and it is always shown in a positive - and funny - light. Of course the children disobey their parents, it is the only natural, proper thing to do. I love this exchange Edward and his sister Augusta on the subject. Says young Edward of his father:
"Tell me, Augusta, tell me with sincerity; did you ever know me consult his inclinations, or follow his Advice in the least trifling Particular, since the age of fifteen?"
Hysterical. However, all this parental disobedience didn't turn out very well for the young people of L&F - they all died or are in exile! Whereas, things worked out much better for Henry and Catherine, who both defied parental authority and waited for parental consent.
What examples of filial disobedience did you appreciate or find funny in L&F?
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