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Written by Barbara
(9/27/2005 6:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What I mean by "at home", penned by Margaret 7
"As it was, he did nothing with much zeal, but sport; and his time was otherwise trifled away, without benefit from books, or any thing else."
He's a nice guy, but I don't give him much more credit than that. And the children (and Mary) act as though they are starved for attention. Surely if he isn't putting in 10 hours a day in an office, he could show a little zeal for his family and not just sports?
Also, on the evening of the dinner party, these are his thoughts:
"The child was to be kept in bed, and amused as quietly as possible; but what was there for a father to do? This was quite a female case, and it would be highly absurd in him, who could be of no use at home, to shut himself up."
He can't think of anything he could do to quietly amuse his own sick child for a little while? I'm not applying a modern sensibility here. I'm thinking of some other JA men and trying to imagine whether or not they could be "of use" to a wife at home with a sick or injured child. Would Henry Tilney be able to quietly amuse one of his sons for a little while? How about Mr. Darcy? Mr. Knightley? Or would they go to a dinner party and let their wives worry about it?
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