Posted by gkb on June 04, 1998 at 14:20:01:
In response to yes, written by Bonny on June 04, 1998 at 06:17:19
] An extension of Mrs Norris and the young people - thoughts her role in the education of Maria and Julia, and Fanny? (Edmund and Tom, too if you wish)
Since the Mr. Bertrams were so much less exposed to Mrs. Norris--and in many ways outside her sphere of influence--I feel they were not affected by her mistaken principles. Edmund even believes her capable of improvement when he thinks she is to take Fanny into the White House at age 15.
But Maria, with her high spirits and huge ego was poorly served by her aunt's flattery, ambition and indulgence. Not that the oppressive manner in which she treats Fanny would have made any impression on Maria, had it been tried! I can't see a way in which Mrs. Norris was fitted for the rearing of any child. She would have been tremendously helpful if she had been sent to nag Mr. Price's brood into semi-respectability, and at least Rebecca would have mended the carpet just to hear the blessed silence of Mrs. Norris ceasing to speak! I think a twice yearly, month-long visit would have whipped that family into fine shape. Better than flogging!
- LOL! Bonny 06:07:08 6/07/98 (7)
- Hardship vs. indulgence gkb 16:19:55 6/07/98 (6)
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