] It also explains Fanny Price's reaction to Henry Crawford, any sensible woman of the Georgian era would have very much reacted the same way. To me it seemed unrealistic when I read it but now I see it in a different light. If a woman was trapped with a dissolute rogue there was no escape for her, especially in Fanny's case who had no money of her own and no family who would have supported her in case of a dramatic failure. It was less self-rightiousness on Fanny's part to act as she did act than simple prudence.
I concurr-Fanny was wise enough to truly see HC's character and back away as gracefully as she could. Not to mention,she would've had to put up with the"standing flirtation" that Mary foresaw between him & Maria! It also makes Maria look even worse-Mr. Rushworth was not bright,but well-off financially and good natured enough that any woman of the period would've been glad to have him as a husband.