Mr. Woodhouse eats a bowl of gruel at every opportunity and recommends it to every guest in his home. The gruel shows that he cares much more about his health than his pleasure, and he is certain that the gruel is necessary for good health. His insistence that his guests have some gruel rather than the rich food his hospitality binds him to serve shows how caring he is. His daughter Isabella’s willingness to eat the gruel shows that she is much more similar to her father than Emma.
Emma, Jane Austen
Unknown, “Gruel,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed February 28, 2024, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/290.