Jane, I don’t like cavillers or questioners; besides, there is something truly forbidding in a child taking up her elders in that manner. Be seated somewhere; and until you can speak pleasantly, remain silent.
– Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre, Chapter 1. Mrs. Reed adopts a dismissive tone towards Jane when she questions the reasons for being excluded from the rest of the family. Mrs. Reed is suggesting that children should be seen and not heard.