Three governesses and an aunt
Written by Mia I.
(9/29/2010 8:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mismanagement in Education, penned by Robbin
I think Mrs. Lee was not given enough consequence to be an influential adult, regardless of her merits. I expect she was little more than a servant, because that was the norm. Poor Miss Taylor was treated much better, as a member of the family :-D. Here we have additional reminder of the attitude toward governesses when Mr. Yates exclaims:
"The most trivial, paltry, insignificant part; the merest commonplace; not a tolerable speech in the whole. Your sister do that! It is an insult to propose it. At Ecclesford the governess was to have done it." Sir Thomas was enforcing complicated hierarchy, as we have learned from his fear that Fanny would consider herself equal to a Miss Bertram.
I agree that Sir Thomas have only seen one side of Mrs. Norris, and that she has become worse after he left. It still strikes me that he succumbs to her flattery, and that he thinks she is kind. No doubt she assured him she respects his pheasants too ;-D.