Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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What can we learn about the treatment of children from Chapter 33 of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?

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One way in which the treatment of children is referred to in Chapter 33 is with respect to inheritance. In this chapter, Elinor and Marianne run into their brother John Dashwood in Mr. Gray's, a jewelry store in London. Mr. Dashwood talks a great deal about how lucky the girls have been to find a friend like Mrs. Jennings. He feels that Mrs. Jennings has taken them under her wing as if they were her own daughters and might very likely leave them an inheritance should she pass away, as we see in his lines:

Her inviting you to town is certainly a vast thing in your favour; and indeed, it speaks altogether so great a regard for you, that in...

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