Differences in adolescents
Posted by Jane Elizabeth on September 24, 1997 at 11:29:26:
In response to I heartily concur..., written by Laraine on September 24, 1997 at 10:41:45
] ] Is this another example of Jane Austen's insight into human nature - showing the different stages of adolescence which we all reach at different times?
] I think you're right about the difference in stages--Margaret's 13 at the end of chapter 1--a bit younger, and I think she's had better parenting in general than Lydia. Her father was probably less contemptuous, her mother more proper, than the Bennet parents.
True, true. Helen is right about the different stages of development. My nearly 11 year old daughter is physically quite undeveloped (whew!) but many of her friends look like young women. Their emotional and social development varies widely, too. And their parents' tolerance of adult-like behavior has a big impact on their appearance and deportment.
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