Bertha, like a [dutiful] child

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Irelia20150604

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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 26) | Genius

Quotation: Bertha Mason (Mr. R's wife) is mad; and she came of a mad family; idiots and maniacs through three generations! Her mother, the Creole, was both a madwoman and a drunkard!—as I found out after I had wed the daughter: for they were silent on family secrets before. Bertha, like a dutiful child, copied her parent in both points.

Context: Mr. R was about to tell his miserable marriage. His secret was disclosed by Mr. Mason.
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Hi everyone! I don't understand the word "dutiful" here. I think it means "performing the duties required of one; obedient:", but I don't know how it works here. :confused:
 
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