Posted by KAREN L on December 23, 1997 at 21:23:21:
In response to Bad dads?, written by Kathleen Ann on December 22, 1997 at 11:20:19
] I have read Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice and have just purchased Emma (give me time and I'll catch up).
] There seems to be a recurring theme of flawed parenting on the part of the fathers in these stories.
] Mr. Bennet not only does not provide for his daughters future financially, but he sets a poor example as a husband by his constant belittling of Mrs. B.
] Mr. Dashwood relies on his grown son. Who he MUST know is a very selfish person and cannot be relied on to do what is right by his sisters. Why did Mr. D not stipulate in his will that an annuity should be provided to his wife and daughters?
] Sir Walter Elliot Is such an insufferable snob that he virtually bankrupts the family. He only cares for one of his daughters. And only then because she is so much like him.
] I am interested in getting into Emma as I want to see if this generalized theme (IMO) continues.
Emma's father is immune to seeing Emma's faults, therefore he never lectures her. In money matters, the Woodhouses are financially secure, an understatement, so one cannot say anything about his negligence on that account...how far have you gotten???-KAREN L
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