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|Mary is prepared to leave Jemima alone
Written by Kathryn Ann
(10/15/2008 12:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Because in JA's novels in general..., penned by Line
"Yes; you see his papa can, and why should not I? Jemima is so careful; And she could send us word every hour how he was. I really think Charles might as well have told his father we would all come. I am not more alarmed about little Charles now than he is. I was dreadfully alarmed yesterday, but the case is very different to-day."
But then Anne offers to stay with the boy and it is settled in that way. I agree with others that childcare and nursing were not the purview of the men of that time, so I cannot really fault Charles here, but Mary is just exposing her selfishness.
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