It is supposed to be spoken by a fond mother, in answer to a friend’s cautious suggestion that she is perhaps a little overdoing it, in the way of lessons, with her children.
101. “Well, they’ve got their own way to make in the world. We can’t leave them a fortune apiece. And money’s not to be had, as you know, without money’s worth: they must work if they want to live. And how are they to work, if they don’t know anything? Take my word for it, there’s no place for ignorance in these times! And all authorities agree that the time to learn is when you’re young. One’s got no memory afterwards, worth speaking of. A child will learn more in an hour than a grown man in five. So those, that have to learn, must learn when they’re young, if ever they’re to learn at all. Of course that doesn’t do unless children are healthy: I quite allow that. Well, the doctor tells me no children are healthy unless they’ve got a good colour in their cheeks. And only just look at my darlings! Why, their cheeks bloom like peonies! Well, now, they tell me that, to keep children in health, you should never give them more than six hours altogether at lessons in the day, and at least two half-holidays in the week. And that’s exactly our plan I can assure you! We never go beyond six hours, and every Wednesday and Saturday, as ever is, not one syllable of lessons do they do after their one o’clock dinner! So how you can imagine I’m running any risk in the education of my precious pets is more than I can understand, I promise you!”
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