Both Miss Fenne and Seaton's aunt embody qualities of that destroyer De la Mare called "Mrs. Grundy."
For De la Mare, "Mrs. Grundy" meant something much worse than the term commonly conveys.
And yet With a hate one could never, no never forget As well as her manipulation of "righteousness," Mrs. Grundy "employs guile" against the "Timidest trespasser huntress of love," the child, who hoping for affection, was at first vulnerable but who soon realizes "What kind of creature is thine for foe" (A Choice of De la Mare's Verse, 134-35).
Mrs. Grundy the absolutist seems also to have been the unacknowledged begetter of Burton's relativism.
</pre> <p>As you slog through the gummy fens of Burton's verse, that ominous sound you hear in the background is Mrs. Grundy, not howling but snoring.
As for Burton, Kennedy is very astute on teasing out the frequent hypocrisies and prevarications he himself had recourse to in sexual matters; so much so, in fact, that after reading this rather intricate account of Burton and the forces that shaped him, I'm tempted, in good Victorian fashion, to say of Burton and poor beleaguered Mrs. Grundy: Reader, he married her.
The discouraged Gissing wasted six entire weeks rewriting a novel already accepted, Mrs. Grundy
's Enemies, in an attempt to soothe the publisher Bentley's moral disapproval of the narrative.
Failure to set off introductory subordinate clauses with commas: Mrs. Grundy
's old students will remember that subordinate clauses contain a subject and a predicate but can't stand alone.