Why doesn't Big Uncle like girls in Ties that Bind, Ties that Break?

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Big Uncle was against childrens’ education in public schools and argued that it had become expensive. He was displeased that Ailin attended a public school despite the fact that her father managed to pay for it. Ailin feels like Big Uncle does not like girls because in his stern nature, he showed no respect for them and always criticized them harshly. He disliked when children spoke and when they did not and he was the only relative that instilled fear in Ailin. In her description of her uncle Ailin says that “Big Uncle seemed to dislike children, especially girls." After the death of her grandmother, Ailin’s uncle took over as the head of the family and he also became Ailin’s guardian after the death of her father. He however decides that Ailin would not proceed with education as it was too expensive thereby disrupting all of Ailin’s future dreams. He offers three options to Ailin: getting married to a farmer, becoming a concubine or becoming a nun. He is deeply infuriated by Ailin’s defiance of his solutions and only stops short of harming her because he loved Ailin’s father.