first private seminaries

Category: Education | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Pride and Prejudice (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 4

A "seminary" here is a school for girls and young women, and it is "First" in the sense of finest. It is further exalted by being in London.

Nevertheless, Austen has generally harsh comments about the formal education of girls, which in the main teaches a pretentious, hollow learning designed for the marriage market (a finishing school) and not for the moral and intellectual improvement of the student.

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