Posted by Gayle on June 13, 1998 at 12:59:18:
In response to Education & Mrs. Norris - , written by lauri on June 04, 1998 at 17:53:03
] How 'bout this - Mrs. Norris was SO insecure! After growing up the eldest (she was the Miss Ward for a long time...) and therefore treated as the most important daughter, her sister makes a marriage well beyond anyone's expectations. Big blow to the ego, especially if she was insecure to begin with. Then her sisters both end up having children, she does not (and we all know what a reflection that is on a woman) have any of her own. There is something very wrong with this in the 'grand scheme' of things - the eldest daughter should be everything!!!
I think you are on to something here on many different angles - oldest daughter, younger sister (Lady Bertram) marries well, no children of her own. I would like to add that she also was an active sort of person. Lady Bertram's indolence creates a vacuum of sorts as she almost abdicates her role as her children's mother. Mrs. Norris, being quite a different personality and the aunt of the Bertram children, just rises right in to the power vacuum and takes over as much as she can. She's not all bad, but she's certainly not all good either. By the end of the book, we find out that not all of her views, etc. that she has put forth over time have been correct. But, given her personality and the lack of leadership in the household, her actions are even more understandable.
- I agree... Gayle 13:01:52 6/13/98 (0)
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