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Written by Margaret C
(10/2/2013 1:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny?, penned by Bridget D
Take the rock-solid marriage of Uncle Matthew and Aunt Sadie for instance. Uncle Matthew adores his wife, who adores him, because that is what Fanny sees and Fanny is a reliable narrator. It is perfectly possible for a happy marriage to result in one person living in a flat in London and the other in the country, never seeing each other.
Fanny doesn't hate her mother - it is just that her mother is really a dreadful bore, a dated jade, and really quite old and silly, not really fascinating at all.
Davey is a font of wisdom, and a rock. Nothing silly about him.
And how could she possibly feel alienation from a shadowy figure like her father?
I don't mean that Fanny is a liar, or dishonest, but she sees and narrates selectively - very loyal to those she loves, for example. Davey and Merlin often show us a different perspective to the one Fanny sees. Fabrice, for instance, just might be a chronic philanderer. Even when he is happy with Linda.
And yes, quite a lot of her story of Linda might be capable of bearing a different construction from the one that Fanny chooses. Some people might even think of Linda as another bolter.
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