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|Good points about Mrs Norris and her needs. I think she
Written by AnnetteJ
(9/14/2010 9:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Spirit of Activity, penned by Robbin
wants to be considered the soul of concern without having to inconvenience herself too very much. By writing the letters, she confines herself to the sphere to which her temperment is best suited (organization), and Jane Austen hits it on the head in her analysis of Mrs Norris's motives in being the first to meet and greet Fanny. I am reminded somewhat of a passage from All Quiet on the Western Front where Paul remarks in a sarcastic manner about a Red Cross volunteer who seems to be more taken with the picture of herself handing coffee to soldiers ("Here I am handing coffee..") then with the deed itself.
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