Children of the Country House
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The children who lived in country houses, both in novels and in reality, can be a very ‘unchildlike’ lot: precocious, tragic, frightening or sickmakingly angelic. This is unsurprising, given the strange lives that they led, growing up surrounded by pampered veneration, (benign?) neglect, or almost sadistic treatment, among other experiences. Unsurprisingly, their situation has proved a gift to novelists. When are they victims and when tormentors? How much do they know about the adults around them? How are these young characters affected by their often extraordinary lives in country houses?
The Pursuit of Love, Moondial, The Turn of the Screw, Little Lord Fauntleroy