Posted by P. Bingham on March 03, 1998 at 16:08:43:
In response to interesting..., written by Cheryl on March 03, 1998 at 14:57:41
Your right, I think, about the mother, she was rather a good sport about these things, which, I think, influenced her daughters to be the same way.
Also, when I mentioned that the girls were sent away as other fine familys' sent away their girls, what I suppose I should have said was, the way Mrs. Austen's wealthy family would have sent their girls. I think that Mrs. Austen was more concerned with what her wealthy family was doing rather than what was the norm (although the two often went together hand in hand). If her sister's or brother's children (etc.) were going to fine "prep" schools then Mr. Austen would want to send the girls to the same sort of schools, perhaps thinking that he was pleasing Mrs. Austen. Or perhaps it was Mrs. Austen who demanded that they went to these schools. There did seem to be a sort of rivalry between Mrs. Austen's children and their more wealthy relatives.
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