and put an end to every kind of discourse except what related to themselves

Category: Education | Type: Discussion | Title: Sense and Sensibility (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 7

A feature of the novel is the parents' indulgence of their children, including Mrs. Henry Dashwood of Marianne. But the matter is especially vexing with young children. Austen shares the 18th c.'s view that young children are slightly sub-human, human being defined as possessed of reason and judgment. Here they preempt "discourse," which is the essence of civilized society.

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