In the novel, Mrs. Wilson, a woman of Calvinist religion has taken in her niece Jane after the death of her parents. During one of their first conversations, Mrs. Wilson immediately expresses one of the important guidelines of her household to her niece after she sees she is not as easily swayed as she first thought. “I tell you once for all, I allow no child in my house to know right from wrong: children have no reason, and they ought to be very thankful, when they fall into the ...
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...It is not clear if Mrs. Wilson realized the affect of her tactics on her children but, it is clear to the reader that they have a negative affect. In the earlier parts of the text, the narrator points out this fact in stating that “Mrs. Wilson children produced such fruits as might be expected from her culture” (23). The word culture is used instead of simply religion because Mrs. Wilson took her religion well beyond its bounds. The oppressive lifestyle she forced her children, David and Elvira, as well as Jane to live lives that are merely failed and fruitless. He son David has grown up with little work ethic, poor, and criminal life of no value. Her daughter Elvira is a scheming, unintelligent, loveless young women who has grown up to make nothing of herself and Jane remains a pious, unhappy, searching young women who potential has been used for no good purpose.
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