it is time that she should see something of the world

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Evelina (in Context) | Author: Fanny Burney | Vol: Volume I | Ch: Letter III

Lady Howard's comment touches off a debate on education with Villars.  She argues for sufficient experience to grow beyond romantic illusions and see the world for what it "really is, shared by pain and pleasure, hope and disappointment."  Lady Howard's is the "great world" including London.  As seen in the next letter, Villars takes the more measured view, gauging education--instruction, experience, and observation--to what he anticipates will be Evelina's reduced prospects and more retired life.    


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