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|She knows her place
Written by LauraMarie
(9/14/2010 5:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ooh, found an interesting quote, penned by Nicki
I don't think it's surprising that Fanny is shy and quiet when she first gets there, given her age and the circumstances, perhaps in addition to some natural timidity of temper. The role she takes on in the family - clearly the poor relation - may be partially owing to the Bertrams' initial impression of her - she behaves in a very humble way and so they treat her humbly, which reinforces her opinion of her place there, etc. It definitely is an interesting commentary on the nature of the Bertrams' kindness in taking her in - they give her a home and treat her relatively well, but Edmund is the only one who seems very interested in Fanny as a person.
I think at this point it's Fanny's conversations with Edmund that give us the greatest insight into her character - although she clearly is guided by him in many of her opinions, she displays a lot more personality and strength of character with him.
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