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|Charles and Mary
Written by Nikki N
(10/10/2011 7:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Meeting the Captain, penned by Cheryl
Charles' reason was not because he was a parent, but because he was a man, not a woman, and that nursing waa a woman's job (this is Regency era not 21st century), and Anne agreed with him -- (ch 7) --
"Mary, I cannot wonder at your husband. Nursing does not belong to a man; it is not his province. A sick child is always the mother's property: her own feelings generally make it so."
But when Mary said that they might as well all go, because "Jemima is so careful", Anne said that she will stay with the little boy. Mary then told Charles that it was "Anne's own proposal". Charle had some scruples about leaving Anne --
'"This is very kind of Anne," was her husband's answer, "and I should be very glad to have you go; but it seems rather hard that she should be left at home by herself, to nurse our sick child."
Anne was now at hand to take up her own cause, and the sincerity of her manner being soon sufficient to convince him ... he still wanted her to join them in the evening, when the child might be at rest for the night, and kindly urged her to let him come and fetch her, but she was quite unpersuadable.'
Anne was unpersuadable because she really did not want to go to meet the captain.
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