In everything but disposition they were admirably taught

Category: Education | Type: Discussion | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter II

Governesses and schools educated them more or less superficially; wanting was parental vigilance.

Austen's judgments arrive with an arrow's quiet swiftness. She admired the epigrammatic writing of Alexander Pope and speech of Samuel Johnson, as recorded by Boswell, and comic playwrights such as Richard Brinsley Sheridan, whose dialogue consists of rapid volleys.

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