Do you look upon governesses
as creatures above suspicion or necessarily of moral perfection?
I have known several among the higher ranks who treated their governesses quite as one of the family; though some, I allow, are as insolent and exacting as any one else can be: for there are bad and good in all classes.
The unknown lady, in her reply, made no objection to this, and stated that, as to my acquirements, she had no doubt I should be able to give satisfaction; but in the engagement of governesses she considered those things as but subordinate points; as being situated in the neighbourhood of O , she could get masters to supply any deficiencies in that respect: but, in her opinion, next to unimpeachable morality, a mild and cheerful temper and obliging disposition were the most essential requisities.
Are there no other women who serve as governesses
, and who are the equals of the persons whom they serve?
Lady Battledown makes all her governesses
take the same name; she gives œ5 more a year for the purpose.
The storyteller was born on July 28, 1866 into a wealthy family and was educated at home in Kensington, London, by various governesses
Austen does not condemn the profession of governesses
per se, just the social and legal conditions that restrict a poor woman's choices to marriage, spinsterhood, the governess trade, or, in extremis, prostitution.
When Miss Emmie was in Russia; English governesses
before, during and after the October Revolution.
Solodiankina, Inostrannye guvernantki v Rossii (vtoraia polovina XVIII-pervaia polovina XIX vekov) [Foreign Governesses
in Russia (Second Half of the 18th and First Half of the 19th Centuries)].
In many cases governesses
were deeply loved (one thinks of Churchill's nannv) but in others they were tolerated or snubbed.
No wonder governesses
in 18th- and 19th-century novels were so often cast as frustrated, bitter women forced onto life's sidelines.
In a chapter on child raising, she disparages parents who employ governesses