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Written by LauraMarie
(9/19/2010 3:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The outs and not outs, penned by Tori Marie
I tend to think this exchange has more to do with Edmund's lack of concern for social niceties than a lack of concern for Fanny. It may also tell us something about Fanny's somewhat ambiguous position in the family. Sir Thomas had said early on that a distinction had to be preserved between Fanny and his daughters, but I get the impression that the family sort of works it out as they go along rather than the distinction being very clear to everyone. But I don't think Edmund considers it particularly important whether a girl is officially out or not.
I also wonder if this has anything to do with the differences between London society and that of country gentry.
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