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Written by Ramya
(8/25/2013 2:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Frank, penned by bridget d
I agree that Austen probably didn't think that Frank would have remembered his mother too much or that Mrs. Churchill was undemonstrative. But I think it did affect his personality. Though his aunt had a great affection for Frank, it was a selfish kind of affection. In that sense, Frank is a mirror of Emma, who is also tied by her father's "gentle" selfishness.
Frank has way more freedom than Emma does, and is able to escape every once in a while to have fun. But he is very well aware that his status as a Churchill comes with strings attached, and that he could very well lose it if he openly defied his aunt and uncle. Poor Frank cannot turn back to his biological father for help either, as he has his own second family now, and it would be unfair to expect him to help Frank out financially at this stage in life. So, having too many parental figures does seem to have come with its own complications for Frank. This causes him to be weak and enter into a secret engagement, with no immediate plans for the future.
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