Posted by Bonny on June 07, 1998 at 06:07:08:
In response to Moral education, written by gkb on June 04, 1998 at 14:20:01
. 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!
] 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!
Yes, it was Maria who was most affected by Mrs Norris's intervention in the edu. of the Bertram girls. Her harmful activity here provides the contrast to Lady Bertram and Sir T.s equally harmful inactivity. Lisa and Constanza's idea of the appearance of good Mrs Norris seems to have been duplicated in her protegees in a slightly different way,they don't go in for charity, but note Maria and Julia's caring about the appearance of good manners, underneath their different trials at Sotheton, Julia's being stuck with Mrs Rushworth, and can't remember Maria's, but the quote runs something like "she had just enough selfcommand to struggle and keep up the appearance of good manners."
Isn't it telling that Maria and Tom are Mrs Norris's favourites, the eldest and most spoiled and selfish. So many young people in Austen seem to be spoiled early by "prosperity and indulgence", even Emma, who diagnoses this in Frank C. Fanny's education at the hands of Mrs N.and MP is just the opposite. Is this significant, or is it nature alone which triumphs with Fanny?
- Hardship vs. indulgence gkb 16:19:55 6/07/98 (6)
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