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AUSTEN-L Digest - 26 Apr 1997 to 27 Apr 1997Lady Susan

Michelle asked why was Lady Susan considered a bad mother - because she
left her child in town?

I think Lady Susan was considered a poor mother because she took little
true interest in her daughter (except having the daughter marry as
mother wished) and not because she was absent from her daughter so
much.  (She was probably doing her daughter a favour in that!)

 Constant maternal attendance on a child was not considered necessary at
that time if the child was left well cared for.  Good mothers leaving a
child at home for a short time seems to happen in a lot of novels
(Gardiners trip in P&P for one, Mrs. Musgrove (smaller children) to Bath
for another)  Also, how else would all those country house visits

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