The Mr Musgroves

Category: Daily Life | Type: Discussion | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 6

The "Mr" denotes the parents.

The Musgroves are pleasant, unpretentious people and represent a type Austen likes (repeated in the Crofts). They have money but also good values and easy manners.

The Allens in Northanger Abbey, the Gardiners in Pride and Prejudice, and Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility are instances of unworldly, generous, hearty people who know how to live well, to laugh, and to remain indifferent to the airs of others, including their own children. This older generation is steadily sympathetic and helpful. 

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