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|As Margaret 7 pointed out below, we don't really
Written by Annette J.
(9/27/2005 8:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The point is..., penned by Barbara
know how much interaction they had with Charles -- very different from the typical modern family where the father and/or mother works at a job outside the home and is also expected to be a fully engaged parent from the moment he or she arrives home from work (no wonder parents are so tired all the time!). If the parents are around all of the time, I am sure there is more casual interaction than related in a book. But then Jane Austen doesn't ever seem to have a high opinion of parents in general, so there seems always to be a bias present in her books.
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