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Written by Barb JA
(9/17/2010 7:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Survivor, penned by Robbin
I disagree strongly though that she is martyr, because that implies that she is seeking sympathy while being the cause of her own problems. And that definitely not Fanny. She doesn't seek sympathy, she endures.
It's funny we (at least I) love Lizzie Bennett because of the way she knows just what to say and when to say it. Everyone loves to see the bad guys get their comeuppance, and we love our heroes and heroines that much more when they're the ones to give it to them.
I think you brought up a good point earlier about contrasting her with Mary. Mary is lively and interesting. Just who is the heroine of this novel? Up to this point Fanny has not seemed like someone who is up to job.
In ch 2
Ouch! What self esteem this little 10 yr old girl had from being important in her own family was completely pushed out starting with Mrs. Norris' lecture on the way to MP and the treatment from almost everyone thereafter.
So she has accepted her role as companion and servant. She is meek and submissive. The headache for example, I can imagine her head was pounding, but since she is the servant, she goes into the dark corner lays down hoping it will go away, but staying within earshot in case she's needed.
I know religiosity was mentioned and I think of Fanny the meek.
On a final note,
I think we, the readers are easy to please too. If Fanny would have just once given Mrs. Norris a parting glare as she left to do her bidding, all would be forgiven. But Austen didn't even throw us a bone. She must have had her reasons, and I think the novel is that much more interesting because of it.
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