In the preface to Juvenile Travellers Priscilla states that it is desirable that children should be acquainted with other countries but travel books are not fit for children because they contain ‘passages of immortal tendency’.

At the end of the book both Laura and Theodore appear to have benefited from their travel experience. ‘Theodore and Laura were materially improved by what they had seen and suffered. From having been accustomed to the manners of different nations, they had learned to behave towards their fellow-creatures, however distinguished from themselves, with respect and humility ; nor could the most grotesque of appearances excite their ridicule or contempt.’

The characters of both children were so improved by their travel experiences that Mr and Mrs Seymour ‘passed their time in virtuous tranquillity’.


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