Alison H wrote:
Jem's parents disowned Margot completely when she went against their wishes and married someone they disapproved of. But she went ahead and did it anyway. Given what a disaster the marriage is, I always feel as if that storyline's meant to make us feel that you should obey your parents in all things, even your choice of partner
, but Margot did have the courage to defy them.
A little OT, but after reading New House, I do think Margot is a very brave character. Travelling across the world and going to a foreign country with two little girls, even though she doesn't speak the language, in order to find her brother - it's a massive thing for her to do, especially given that she has a lot of health problems and is a bundle of nerves.
Like a lot of other people, I find Grizel sympathetic because of how her parents treat her. They don't beat her up but she is on the receiving end of mental and financial abuse, the way they use money to control her and force her into a job she hates.
Emerence is another character who springs to mind when obedience comes up. I don't know about Emerence's parents being loving, but they were certainly lax and set no boundaries for her, and let her grow up thinking she could do whatever she wanted. Then she starts a fire and gets packed off to the Chalet School and has to learn the hard way to respect authority and obey rules, and it really throws her because she's not used to it at all. I'm glad Miss Annersley understands that Emerence is the way she is because of her lack of boundaries, rather than just doing what Commander Christie suggests and caning her.