Posted by Jane Elizabeth on September 23, 1997 at 14:55:18:
In response to Margaret / JA and children, written by Sarah on September 22, 1997 at 20:51:07
The descriptions in S&S of the spoiled and annoying Middleton children (and horrid Lucy's dealings with them) are grimly true to life, as are the parental failings of the Musgroves. Austen had high ideals on what constituted good parenting; witness the Bennets and the Bertrams. Or maybe badly reared children are just more interesting than well brought up ones? (Every happy family is the same...)
I think she would have been less hard on parents had she been one. She may have been close to her neices, but any parent will tell you that proximity is not the same as responsibility.
PS: There was a discussion of Margaret a while back on this board. And be careful when drawing conclusions about Austen based on this film. Margaret is far less developed in the book.
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