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|Never much laughing
Written by Barb JA
(10/1/2010 10:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bleak House, penned by Robbin
ch.21 There was never much laughing in his presence; or, if there is any difference, it is not more, I think, than such an absence has a tendency to produce at first. There must be a sort of shyness.
There was more laughing in the household before he went to Antigua. So he must not have imposed restraint to the point of quashing all enjoyment. He has returned to be more animated and show more emotion than ever before. So if there is a change it is in the kids. Perhaps it's guilt from knowing how wrong they were in the Lovers' Vows scheme and tearing apart his room. Rather than looking inward, they resent him for it.
I'm sure Sir Thomas' reserve was a contributing factor in the way the kids turned out. However I don't see any real evidence that he treated his kids in a disapproving manner. The oppression Tom, Maria and Julia felt seems more (to me) their perception, much farther than anything imposed by Sir Thomas.
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