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    Does "Between them" mean "under the influence of them"?

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    “You must be more gentle, dear, more sedate,” Ellen told her daughter. “You must not interrupt
    gentlemen when they are speaking, even if you do think you know more about matters than they do.
    Gentlemen do not like forward girls.”
     “Young misses whut frowns an pushes out dey chins an’ says ‘Ah will’ and ‘Ah woan’ mos’
    gener’ly doan ketch husbands,” prophesied Mammy gloomily. “Young misses should cas’ down dey
    eyes an’ say, Well, suh, Ah mout’ an’ ‘Jes’ as you say, suh.’ ”
     Between them, they taught her all that a gentlewoman should know, but she learned only the
    outward signs of gentility. The inner grace from which these signs should spring, she never learned
    nor did she see any reason for learning it. Appearances were enough, for the appearances of
    ladyhood won her popularity and that was all she wanted. Gerald bragged that she was the belle of
    five counties, and with some truth, for she had received proposals from nearly all the young men in
    the neighborhood and many from places as far away as Atlanta and Savannah.
     At sixteen, thanks to Mammy and Ellen, she looked sweet, charming and giddy,

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    Re: Does "Between them" mean "under the influence of them"?

    The combined effort of "Ellen" and "Mammy" led to the daughter being successful in her social role. Some things were learned from Ellen (her mother) and others from Mammy (the slave/servant).

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    Re: Does "Between them" mean "under the influence of them"?

    Yes. It means that the actions of both Ellen and Mammy served to educate Scarlett.

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