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Written by Patricia AA
(9/16/2010 12:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny needs to evolve?, penned by Robbin
I'll try to clarify my position. In the opening chapters, Fanny IS perceived as a simpleton (ie ninny) by everyone around her EXCEPT Edmund. As you point out, she suffers in silence. Had she had the courage to express her feelings and even her opinions openly, and honestly, to Sir Thomas or Lady Bertram maybe her situation might have been easier. Granted, I would not expect a 10 year old to do so. However, after eight years of suffering in silence, maybe...just maybe...she might have developed the nerve (ie spine) to ask Sir Thomas if she might be allowed to at least attend one formal party or function.
Another example is the rose cutting episode in the heat of day in Chapter 7. Why not explain to Lady Bertram that she has developed a migraine and would like to retire early to bed? Surely Lady Bertram would have sympathy for a sick teen?
Fanny just appears to be comfortable in the role of martyr, when perhaps it isn't always necessary.
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