Westminster

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter VI

While a student at Westminster, like Eton an old and legendary public school, and at the university. Chapter 45 will return us to the subject of Westminster and suggest that Tom would have been better off if educated at home through a tutor.

The subject turns up frequently in Austen's novels (they are broadly about education) and is the view is equally applicable to girls: most young people are better educated at home, where they're supervised by their parents and not subject to the bad influences of the students and ignorance of the teachers.

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