In all the books that Priscilla creates a family of characters, only two of those families include a husband, Mr Harcourt in Mental Improvement and Mr Seymour in the Juvenile Travellers. The family that appeared in the greatest number of books were the Middleton family consisting of Mrs Middleton, a widow, and her four children. Is the non-inclusion of Mr Middleton a reflection of her own marriage or is it a message that women can make the own way in the world? Interestingly, in the absence of a husband, Priscilla introduces a number of male tutors or family friends into the narrative

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