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Written by Angela L
(9/14/2010 4:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sir Thomas' parting shot. (End of Ch.3), penned by Rachel G
his "parting shot" would have on her. I think he really meant well - he even told her to invite William whenever he should be back in England, which he probably knew would never occur to any of the others.
It could be, that he had been hoping she would become more lively and develope more self-esteem though time with a little encouragement. I believe he also wasn't aware of how she was really being treated by the others (except Edmund). Not because he was so careless, but because everyone else in the household was able to tarn their acts as acts of kindness. And he just didn't realize what exactly was going on with Fanny.
In any case, since she was still so very shy and hadn't become any more lively throughout time, he possibly just meant it as honest feedback, in the hopes of her improving.
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