|I'm not sure if this is Victorian or not but there is a definite division of thought between people (in books or in life) on whether children should be away by themselves, eating their own food, following their own pursuits; or with the parents for as much of the time as possible, eating adult food, participating in adult activities (within reason obviously). Maybe a lot of people would choose the former, except that they haven't got the resources. Joey *did* have the resources, so she kept to that model. I have no children myself - I'd be interested in seeing what CBB parents think?|
|The meal thing does have a foundation in common sense, though. There's a line in either Highland Twins or Gay about how much the (then three year-old) triplets are taking in and subsequently repeating and Joey didn't want a repeat of an early Sybil episode where she repeated something she'd heard Jem say about a patient.|
The fact that Jem shouldn't have been repeating anything about said patient in the family home of course being totally disregarded!
I suspect that a lot of this was exclusively for the upper class, as lower class families wouldn't be able to afford a nanny and separate quarters for the children.
|And this was a group of people who were happy to lose their children for the best part of the year to school.|
|If you are happy to send your kids away for months on end as soon as they are 7 or so then its probably as well that they don't get used to spending too much time with their parents|
|‘Isn’t your kid sister Maeve in with that lot?’ Lala asked.
‘She is—which is just why I want to leave Peg out of it. She’ll feel bound to sit on Maeve harder than the rest, because she’s Head Girl and Maeve’s her sister, you see. Peg’s always terrified of showing any favouritism, so she leans over backwards in the other direction. Maeve’s getting to the age when she resents being ticked off by her eldest sister. You leave it to me.’
What Bride was feeling after was the fact that Maeve and her twin brother Maurice, who had been born in India, had never seen their elder brothers and sisters until they were eight. Just at first, they had found it difficult to settle in as the youngest members of a big family, Maeve especially. They had settled down finally, but now that Maeve was nearly twelve, the old feeling that Peggy was ‘coming the eldest sister’ over her was returning and there had been two or three unpleasant spats during the holidays.
Peggy was a conscientious girl and tried to help their mother, who was by no means strong, during the holidays. She had taken complete charge of the twins and Maeve had raged at being expected to do as Peggy told her.
Bride knew all this and was anxious not to have anything happen that would deepen this feeling. Therefore, she decided to deal with Wallflower herself.
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