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Written by Laraine
(5/3/2010 12:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Gardiners' Children, penned by Cheryl
I've always thought that children--especially before thirteen or so--were there in Austen's novels because families generally had them. Not to have them would make the normal people less than normal. But Austen just doesn't seem to think of them as characters that she could do much with, except on those occasions (not this one at all) when they could show some parents' inadequacy by exhibiting signs over-indulgence.
Anyway, it does seem odd to me that the Gardiners would travel to Hertfordshire without them.
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