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Written by Elizabeth K
(9/7/2009 11:20 a.m.)
"...he was neither fitted by abilities nor disposition to answer the wishes of his mother and sister, who longed to see him distinguished -- as -- they hardly knew what. They wanted him to make a fine figure in the world in some manner or other. His mother wished to interest him in political concerns, to get him into parliament, or to see him connected with some of the great men of the day. Mrs. John Dashwood wished it likewise; but in the mean while, till one of these superior blessings could be attained, it would have quieted her ambition to see him driving a barouche. But Edward had no turn for great men or barouches. All his wishes centred in domestic comfort and the quiet of private life." (CH. 3)
Yet another passage where I'm thinking "Poor Edward"! The expectations of society and of one's nearest and dearest (although Edward probably didn't feel much affection towards his overbearing mother and sister!) must have made life difficult for the upper class young men who wished to lead a quiet life, without excessive displays of wealth and power.
On the other hand, I can easily think of equivalents to this today. One of my relatives (with whom I do not get along very well!) believes that certain professions are ‘better’ than others and looks down on people who do not belong to those professions. In essentials, society hasn’t altered very much since the Regency era!
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