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Written by KatharineW
(10/4/2010 3:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Coddled rather than Throttled, penned by Robbin
If illness is not the cause of Lady B's indolence then it is a natural result of her personality and emotional development. In the face of such unconcern regarding the fates of her children, I would prefer to think that Lady B is ill.
By the way, it is interesting that at least one character (Maria Ward) and one incident (the giving away of Fanny) may have been inspired by Jane Austen's mother and the family sending away Jane mentally-challenged brother.
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