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|Edmund-I need group help in understanding his character.
Written by Patricia AA
(9/17/2010 8:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, [Jane Austen is] no everyday talent, penned by Stephanie
Help!!!Up through Chapter 6 Edmund is presented in the light of a caring, educated, and serious-minded individual. At the beginning of Chapter 7, he has a discussion with Fanny regarding traits he observes in Mary that concern him.
Then just a couple of pages into the chapter, is this line:
"Without studying the business, however, or knowing what he was about, Edmund was beginning at the end of a week of such intercourse, to be a good deal in love;..."
It sounds like a case of 'love at first sight'? I am having trouble reconciling this with the 'steady Eddie' that has been guiding and advising Fanny. And JA futher states that these feelings have been aroused by Mary unconciously, and without any of the "arts of flattery".
Can anyone offer some possible passages or insight that might help me understand how someone as smart/reliable as Edmund could fall in love so easily for Mary?
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