It appears that in aristocratic society, a women's success is through her offspring. In this passage, she beings her son which is expected to be the center of attention. Other's admire him, yet he's shy and his presence wasn't as effective as the mother had thought. The author hints at this mentioning that people couldn't figure out who the son takes after, his mother or father...possibly implying that he was reserved instead of being outgoing as a child is expected to be.
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Through the stories of love and frustration and the daily life of the Dashwood sisters, Jane Austen criticizes the society of her time in a rather subtle way. Bearing in mind that women could not work at that time and that the only way to get what was considered success came through marriage and motherhood. In this excerpt, Austen shows how the social conversation of women at that time was about their children, because that was the only success and social ascension that women could aim for.