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Written by Bridget D
(10/21/2010 3:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Throughout the novel, penned by Ramya
I do not agree that JA didn't make allowances for Mrs. Price's situation. Jane Austen says that Mrs. Norris would have been more respectable than Mrs. Price in the same situation, I don't see where the ON says she would have been a better mother to her children
But waht woudl be the good of her being a better money manager if she didn't also try and be a better manager of the children? I agree that she'd problaby find more ways to save money, but woudl she be a better teacher to the children? I dont think so. I dont say Mrs P is very good, but I think she's doing her best. Mrs Norris would problaby spoil one of hte kids too and do her best to save up her money for herself or for the favoured child... and would bully the ones who could not stand up to her.
I am sorry but I think that while Austen does soemtimes show us that Fanny is over reacting to things - and I think that she's over reacting a little to life in Portsmouth, Austen is IMO overly indulgent ot Lady B's failure ot be a good mother, Lady B is seen as a comic farily lovalbe character, whereas Mrs Price is blamed by fanny and Austen for not managing better in a situation far more difficult to Lady B's
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