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Written by Robbin
(2/1/2010 1:06 p.m.)
In Ltr. 59 Jane hoped Fanny's sense of duty would soon rouse her to exertion on her fatherís behalf. In Ltr. 60 perhaps we have some evidence of this. Fanny has written to her brothers, Edward and George, at Southampton. There is no description of exactly what Fanny said to them at such a sad time but whatever it was it garnered the universal praise of her aunt, grandmother and Martha. Of course I think Fanny had affection for her brothers and she may have always corresponded with them but the fact Jane and the other Southampton ladies are pleased with the content of the letter might suggest Fanny has begun to step beyond her sisterly role ďas the being who is gradually to supply to him [her father], to the extent that is possible, what he has lostĒ (Ltr. 59). I think Fanny has now to finish growing-up rather quickly. (:D)
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