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|In defence of Charles
Written by Tracy W
(9/26/2005 9:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Parenting skills (or lack thereof), penned by Barbara
And Charles isn't that hopeless as a human being. We are told that he "had very good spirits", he puts up well with Mary, never displays any resentment to Anne despite his failed proposal and treats her kindly, is intelligent enough to know that Captain Wentworth may not think so highly of Dick Musgrove. He's an interesting example of a JA character who, though lacking in education or intelligence, is in themself good and not a fool. I can see him in later years delighting his sons' friends by his willingness to take them fishing, and then further on dishing out a few comforting words when their love affairs go wrong, and sincerely welcoming their brides into the family.
And yes, I suspect the small boy was being watched by a nursemaid. Although children were allowed a lot more freedom in previous decades (it amazes me that my cousins' children take "walking buses" to school, led by a parent, even at 5 I used to just walk with the other kids from our street), a three year old left to his own devices can cause heaps of damage to property and I suspect that was true in Regency times too.
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