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|The Unfulfilled Promise
Written by Golda
(9/16/2012 2:21 p.m.)
We know that John Dashwood promises his father that he will do something for his mother-in-law and half sisters. We are also told that Mrs Dashwood knows of this promise as well. When John does nothing particular for them upon taking up residence at Norland, beyond telling them they are welcome to stay, we are told Mrs Dashwood assumes he will do something around the time of their departure.
Talking about money is indelicate, I know. But I sometimes wonder why Mrs Dashwood just doesn't come out with it and say, "You made a promise to your father on his deathbed and you know our situation is limited. What are your plans to make good on that promise, particulary for your sisters?"
Could Mrs Dashwood bring up this subject? Would she have been out of line? Is it her personality that prevents her, for we know she is more sensibility than sense? Or does decorum of the day require that she remain silent?
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