Mrs. Norris revisited
Posted by Constanza on June 21, 1998 at 18:27:55:
This is in relation to the prior posts below.
I've been thinking about:
1) why Mrs. Norris chose a niece and not a nephew
Could it be because raising a woman would be cheaper than raising a man? That is, if you were to raise a gentelaman you would have had to send him to Eton or some other school and then get him some profession, and that would mean university and orders or buying a comission, whereas in the case of a lady only a dowry was required and in this case, as Mrs. Norris points out to Sir Thomas, is not necessary.
2) Why is that Mrs. Norris is so settled on economizing?
Well, she can not spend more than Lady Bertram so she decides to show she doesn't need money, that she cares not for things than can be purchased so she goes beyond what economizing is required from her, just to show them. Oh darn, it sounds so far-fetched now that I write it down.
Well, anyway, thoughts?
- Tiptoeing around Mrs. N. gkb 11:50:39 6/22/98 (0)
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