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Written by Patricia AA
(9/17/2010 11:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Really serviceable to Mrs. Price, penned by Robbin
Do you think that Sir Thomas, early on, might have intended to settle funds on Fanny in the event of her marriage? However, since Tom's gambling and the trouble in Antigua, perhaps those plans had to be put on hold.
I tend to view Sir Thomas as someone who would feel that it was his responsibility to settle Fanny--not so much out of affection, but rather more as a duty. Or do you think that he intends Fanny in a (God Forbid!) lifelong role as an "unpaid" companion for Lady Bertram?
I'm puzzled by what his intentions were, but I agree that poor Fanny must remain in a holding pattern until his return. Edmund would not be in a position to decide, and Lady Bertram would rather her husband handle these arrangements/decisions.
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