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Written by Karen G
(9/16/2010 2:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, still not sure E. hasn't also got a little nasty streak - dense, penned by Lis M
While it is true Fanny cries a great deal, it's not all the time (Austen highlights those instances she does which makes it seems like all the time), and it's not for simple reason such as "I'm hungry", "I'm sick and not feeling well", "I'm not getting enough attention". Those I would imagine are the typical reason a baby cries. A baby doesn't cry because she is ashamed (a child might), or that she is mortified at others' views of her (such as her Aunt Norris), or that she is conscious she feels ungrateful for her uncle's generosity. Babies and very few children would cry for those reasons. And certainly, Fanny is not crying to bring attention to herself.
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