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|I agree, poverty is not an excuse
Written by Erica
(10/17/2010 1:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Selective Memory, penned by Ramya
Yes, it's difficult to manage a household with many children and not much money, but she does have two servants and a teen-aged daughter. Now, they may not be very good servants, but as mistress, it's her duty to train them to do better - and Susan apparently already knows what to do! Although the boys of that time would probably not be expected to help much with housework, they could certainly be taught to pick up after themselves, and to do so lifting and fetching.
Which brings me to my next point - Mrs. Price's mismanagement of her children. I don't think poverty has any bearing whatsoever on this, as good and bad parents can be found in any socio-economic group, then and now. Some wealth may have been necessary then to provide a good education, but no money is needed to teach children respect and obedience.
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