usual stock of accomplishments,

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 5

A central word in the Austen lexicon (Search). The "perhaps" is facetious. It is often the case in her fiction that those most invested in the improvement and modernization of a house and grounds are most lacking in moral and intellectual accomplishment, if they are not downright stupid as in Mansfield Park, which means that in the name of improvement they have a ruinous aesthetic impact on the house and grounds. The paragraph goes on to underscore the connection between improvement and intellectual capacity by discussing women's education. 

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