Posted by jj on July 24, 1997 at 23:30:32:
In reply to Getting away from it all posted by Jessamyn on July 24, 1997 at 01:28:06
] And C) taking her up to town for the season, once her dear old Dad departs after, what is it, two years or so? That sounds dreadful, but really I think her father was confining her as much as anything. Can you see him letting her go off to visit her sister for an extended stay, leaving him to boredom and the vagaries of suspect cooking?
Does anyone know anything about Jane Austen's father and her relationship with him? It occurred to me while reading these notes that she doesn't seem to make fathers all that likeable. Mr. Elliot of course is the father from hell, Mr. Bennet isn't mean or anything, but he seems quite remote and tied up mostly in his needs, and Wr. Woodhouse is completely selfish. Selfish fathers, although in varying degrees, seems to be a recurring theme.