Posted by kathleen (elder) on July 20, 1997 at 11:45:29:
In reply to Re: Frank Churchill and Edward Austen Knight posted by Kathleen (Kaf) on July 20, 1997 at 11:33:05
] Isn't it interesting that there is not a single "good" parent in the entire book? Emma's father was far too hypochondriacal and self-absorbed to much of a parent, Frank's father dumped him on the Churchills, Jane's aunt left her with the Campbells, and Harriet was left for an indifferent education at a boarding house!
I have always assumed that John & Isabella Knightley were good parents, even though Isabella had a tendency to be over-protective. Certainly she wouldn't have wanted to give her children to anyone else to raise while she was still alive.