"Would have been self-willed (he thought in his eminently practical way) but for her bringing-up...."
See in text (Book The First - Sowing - Chapter III - A Loophole)
Louisa is obviously self-willed, despite her upbringing and her father's beliefs. She resents his emphasis on facts and pragmatism. Her dissatisfaction as a girl (on the verge of womanhood) offers an early hint as to the inner struggle she will face in adulthood.
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