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Written by Stephanie
(10/24/2011 7:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, poor-ish Mary, penned by Ra
I can not agree with you.
Mary Musgrove is unable to go to the sea by herself, but no woman of her time has it any different. Elizabeth, Anne and Mary all grew up in the same household, and all have different personalities. It is not the boredom that makes Elizabeth supercilious, Anne withdrawn, or Mary petulant.
If Mary could have Charles take her for a holiday to the sea, she would still be without any resources, nor any ability to make herself useful to others. She would still be Mary.
(I will ignore that line about kids not being fulfilling by themselves, since it is so easily contradicted by the parents that I see around me. Positions caring for other human beings are said to be among the more fulfilling ones possible.)
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