In the culture of the time, the father, considered the boss of the household in a patriarchal society, felt compelled to do his duty by barring his umarried pregnant daughter from living with the family. Considerations of familial love wilted when faced with the condemnation of neighbors, community and church.
Essays on modern Irish life by an Irish controversialist, John Waters
In the eyes of many he ‘fell from grace’, but he maintained a silent dignity to his grave.
Mendelssohn is like a character from an old epic, all hat and history