Fanny could read, work, or write, but she had been taught nothing more; and as her cousins found her ignorant of many things with which they had been long familiar, they thought her prodigiously stupid...
'Dear Mamma, only think, my cousin cannot put the map of Europe together - or my cousin cannot tell the principal rivers in Russia... I am sure I should have been ashamed of myself, if I had not known better long before I was so old as she is. How long ago it is, aunt, since we used to repeat the chronological order of the kings of England, with the dates of their accession, and most of the principal events of their reigns!"
"Yes," added the other, "and of the Roman emperors as low as Severus; besides a great deal of the heathen mythology, and all the metals, semi-metals, plantes, and distinguished philosophers."
Quote from Jane Austen, Mansfield Park. At the time, Fanny is 10, Julia is 12, and Maria 13. An inspiring piece, don't you think? Especially considering the level of ignorance prevalent today even among those who are supposed to be educated.