Mara wrote:Timeless A-Peel wrote:Purdey has to only do it four times, like Philippa says, but it's still quite a lot, I agree. But darn it, they wrote that "five scruffy children" line in, and I can't shake it. Oh, well. Purdey's mostly Scots, and back in Adam Smith's time they used to have 20, so she can do it.
Oh, logic can be painful at times! 20 Children, who on earth would want to put herself through that? Now you see why I can't help thinking our ancestors were barking mad.
I kid you not. Sadly, the reason they'd have 20 was because only two of them would actually survive any length of time. Smith was a decent aristocrat and used to go and ask the regular women about their experiences. When he heard that he was absolutely devastated.