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|Re ; 'her friend's father'.
Written by Rachel G
(10/24/2009 3:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Adult guidance, penned by Bridget D
As you know Bridget D, I share your POV that others deserve some share of blame for what happened to young Eliza and to Marianne. Considering the last sentence of your post, I took another look at the relevant lines in Ch.31 about Eliza's friend's father:
"..a very good sort of man,.... a well-meaning, but not a quick-sighted man, .... he had been generally confined to the house,"
They are in Bath for his health, and he is generally too unwell to leave the house. I really begin to feel for him, with two teenagers to guard. Imagine the reaction if he tried to make them stay home when he wasn't well enough to go out with them! He is feeling too sick to want to argue and enforce their 'house arrest', perhaps too kindly to want to be so 'mean', and of course the girls would promise to be on their best behaviour ....
Oh dear! It's all too easy to see how the situation could turn out as it did. Really it is almost a disaster waiting to happen. And it is all so very lifelike.
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