Is there any particular importance to the recurring motif of children in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility?
By referring to children in the novel, Austen seems to be making a social comment on the effects of spoiling children.
One example is seen in Lady Middleton. Austen describes being a mother as Lady Middleton's only resource, or ability, while hunting is Sir John's only resource. Austen also describes Lady Middleton as spoiling "her children all the year round" (Ch. 7). Austen even states that for the most part, Lady Middleton was a very cold person, and only seemed to enjoy herself when the moment after dinner her "four noisy children" entered the room, "who pulled her...
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