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Written by Line
(9/29/2005 8:21 p.m.)
In ch.6, we have Dick Musgrove's comment that Captain Wentworth was "a fine dashing felow, only too perticular about the schoolmaster". The Norton Critical Edition notes that "Royal Navy ships all carried schoolmasters." This never occurred to me before, but it makes sense. Boys joined the Navy so young, at age 14, that it makes sense that those in charge of them would not consider their formal education to be complete just because they were learning their new trade. So, along with my other mental images of life on the high seas, I now have to imagine classrooms of boys continuing their academic studies in between their other duties! Actually, this reminds me of the schooling of child stars in the "Golden Age" of Hollywood. Whenever they weren't needed on set, they'd spend some time in the classroom catching up on their schoolwork.
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