What was different about the entrance to Vaucluse House as opposed to other stately homes? What is the reason for the difference?
The Vaucluse house was different in that the entrance did not have some kind of a waiting by or lounge for visitors; it let the visitors right into the home. The entrance was informed by a socialist sense of architecture.
Describe Sarah Cox's family background.
Sarah Cox came from a family of commons. His father was not wealthy and Sarah’s mother was a convict. Their ‘marriage was unofficial since Mr. Cox had left a wife and children in Britain when he was transported to Australia.
Give two (2) reasons why William Charles Wentworth might have decided eventually to marry Sarah Cox.
He loved his children and was also fond of Sarah so he decided to make their union official.
He was eager to have companionship and due to his behavior at the time, he was unlikely to attract a suitor who befits his class.
In your own words, what does Anne Summers say about women in Sarah Wentworth's position?
Anne holds that women of a background such as Sarah’s were forever condemned to a certain view held by the society. They were considered incapable of performing the roles expected of a wife of such a class. Despite her husband’s success, Sarah could not shake off this perception of her.
What were two (2) long-term consequences of Sarah Cox's relationship with William Charles Wentworth?
One major consequence was that the family ended up living in seclusion at the home near close family members, away from the questions of the rest of the society. The other was that Sarah and her children were never recognized as a hostess and the wife of such an influential person. Her children were deprived of the privilege of socializing with people of their class.
a) What did Thomasine find out in 1866?
Thomasine found out about her grandfather having been a convict in the past.
b) Was this the reason why she and Fanny turned to religion?
They turned to religion because they knew that that past plus their mother’s past would always haunt them and religion was a good escape a way to cleanse their image.
c) What else did they do?
They moved to live in Britain.
d) What did her father think of religion?
Her father thought religion was a good way for bringing up children and added a lot to a girl’s image. He supported this and later became a supporter of missionary work.
Give definitions of the following words. Your definition should fit the context in which it is used in the reading.1. Stone-flagged
It is used to mean to become weak overtime. The old man was no-longer as active as he used to be. 2. Propinquity
This refers to being close very close to someone like Sarah and William were very close friends.
3. The Bar
The bar is used to refer to the body of lawyers.
Chaperone means to watch over someone giving them guidance and monitoring their progress. 5. Dower
Refers to what a widow is entitled to after the husband has passed on. It is used to refer to the wealth that Sarah had left after William’s death.