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|"Stupid and insensitive"
Written by MelissaJoy
(9/18/2010 4:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny and Edmund, penned by Bridget D
I personally disagree with the notion of Edmund being 'insensitive' to try and reconcile Fanny to staying wit Mrs. Norris's. If Fanny's upset about having to stay there, what would do her the most good? Agreeing with her, "Oh yes it's going to be horrible! How will you ever survive! Woe is you!!" Or trying to help her make the best of it?
The worst I can say for Edmund is that he's dreadfully naive. Throughout the story,Edmund desperately tries to justify people and there actions and think better of people then they deserve. With Mrs Norris, he probably doesn't really like to think that his aunt is really that nasty, so he's trying to point out Mrs. Norris (nonexistant) good qualities to lift Fanny out of her sorrowfull mood.
'Stupid and insensitive' would be if Edmund looked at a sad Fanny and said "You live with Aunt Norris? That's a great Idea! After all, Mrs. Norris as an Awesome lady who loves you to pieces and likes to smother you with big hugs resembling Football tackles!!!" This is (obviously) NOT what Edmund says, he does rather naively call the idea "an excellent one.” but only "if the plan were not unpleasant to [Fanny]" An Insensitive Edmund wouldn't notice or care what Fanny thinks of the plan, But Edmund specifically says "I hope it does not distress you very much, Fanny?”
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