without activity of mind or body,

Type: Discussion | Title: Emma (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Vol: Volume I | Ch: Chapter I

As often in Austen the parenthetical comment passes by as quietly as an arrow. Mr. Woodhouse's being without activity means, too, that, recumbent in his invalidism, he's not been an active parent but has set a poor example for Emma and her older sister.

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