You are both very good ;)
Written by Mandy N
(8/20/2013 9:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, Mandy!, penned by Therese
...especially as no-one corrected me that in Persuasion, it is Not Mrs Smith- but Mr Shepard's daughter, Mrs Clay who accompanies Miss Elizabeth Elliot in Bath.
Don't worry Therese, I wasn't thinking of anyone's particular comment anyway. :)
I agree Elizabeth and Jane Bennet are better behaved and more reliable than Mrs Bennet. But from JA's many examples, I think chaperoning of young, unmarried women was a privilege of married women- while single girls like Jane Bennet babysat her young cousins at home.
A question for me is were fathers supposed to have any disciplinary role in public for younger daughters. Of course, are Kitty and Lydia old enough to be 'out' ? Unlike all the Bennet sisters, Maria Lucas was not yet 'out'.... But that's back at the P&P board !