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Written by Lia
(10/15/2005 12:15 p.m.)
I know there have been previous posts about the little Musgroves, and how our culture today is more child-centric than in JA's day, yet it struck me while reading today how little Sir Walter seems to care about his only two grandchildren (or the daughter that produced them).
Is it because they are not in line to be baronets? --They are Musgrove heirs, not Elliot heirs? Is it because SW is vain and they don't look enough like him? I think it's more than contemporary culture because we see the Musgroves attending to the grandkids, and even Admiral Croft plays with them.
We don't hear at all about Mary visiting in Kellynch or vice versa, to allow SW a chance to visit with his progeny, and the distance wouldn't signify to their incomes. I suppose it must have happened on occasion, but perhaps not frequently, and SW never refers to the children or seems to want to see them. Given how grandparents today love to talk about their grandchildren, I find it strange. Perhaps just another reflection on SW, or perhaps Mary's alienation and escape from Kellynch.
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