Written by Bridget D
(5/22/2010 1:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Helpless, no..., penned by Roisin
There was no particular reason given as to why the girls didn't have a governess, but it had nothing to do with lack of funds. Teh Bennets were very well off by the standards of the time. We are told that they had all the masters that they wanted, to teach them accomplishments, nad there is no suggestion that expense was a bar to them having more masters or a governess.
Austen makes it plain IMHO that Mr B ISNT poring over his ledgers when he shuts himself away in the library. He is seeking refuge from his tiresome family and enjoying his books, and he is not making any effort to save money to try and improve the financial sitaution of his children...He's not "over indulgent" except in the lazy sense that it is too much trouble to him to try and discipline or educate his children, or to ensure that someone else does it for him....Just as he allows Lydaia to go to Brighton becuase otherwise, she' and her mother will make a fuss, he does what suits him and gives him least trouble...