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Written by Robbin
(9/14/2010 9:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Can Fanny and Mary be friends?, penned by BarbaraB
In their uncle’s house they had found a kind home. Admiral and Mrs. Crawford, though agreeing in nothing else, were united in affection for these children, or, at least, were no farther adverse in their feelings than that each had their favourite, to whom they showed the greatest fondness of the two. The Admiral delighted in the boy, Mrs. Crawford doted on the girl; and it was the lady’s death which now obliged her protegee, after some months’ further trial at her uncle’s house, to find another home. (4)
Fanny and Mary are opposites in disposition and manner and their daily lives are very different. I think Mary has always lived in luxury and of course has a fortune of twenty thousand pounds. Fanny has progressed from poor to poor relation-servant in the house of wealthy relatives. She is expected to attend her aunts every day and has only herself, the genteel manners and education to recommend her. I think their views of the world and their places in it are of course significantly different but they do have some things in common. They were both removed from their home as children and taken in by relatives and they were both subjected to blatant favoritism. Although everyone, except perhaps Edmund, favors the Miss Bertrams it is Mrs. Norris who is most obnoxious in her preference and all of a purpose. This is partially Sir Thomas’s fault. Before Fanny set foot at MP he decreed she must “remember that she is not a Miss Bertram” (1). Do they have any other similarities? (:D)
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