The Tale of Beatrix Potter Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the Potter family's schedule during Beatrix's childhood.

To Beatrix, her parents schedule was mundane and routine, and Beatrix was often left out of the mix. The family never celebrated Christmas. They would go to the sea for several weeks around Easter so that the servants could clean the house. During the summer, the Potter family would travel to their home in Scotland, and her father would hunt and fish. Beatrix found this type of life very boring.

2. What kind of lifestyle did Beatrix's parents live while in Bolton Gardens?

While in Bolton Gardens, Beatrix's parents were quite idle. Their wealth was inherited, so they did not need to work or create.

3. What kind of job did Beatrix's father have? What did he do in his spare time?

Beatrix's father was a barrister, although he spent his time in clubs. In his spare time, he engaged in amateur photography, which was a new fad at the time.

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