Posted by Dianna on December 10, 1997 at 18:30:05:
In response to babysitting, written by Kate on December 10, 1997 at 16:41:00
] ] Jane looked after the Gardiners' children while they traveled. Of all the babysitting options we know about, I'd guess Jane is the only caretaker they'd trust. (Mrs. Bennet could probably do it, but not without great distress.)
] Except that they left them in London when they came to Longbourne for Christmas without much worry - presumably with a governess?
I have since read Bob S.'s post above and am inclined to agree that they were trying to pick up Lizzy's spirits. (Not to mention, of course, that JA didn't want Jane on that trip. The chance Pemberley meetings would have become rather complicated!)
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