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Written by Ra
(9/20/2010 5:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary Crawford opportunistic in chapter 15, penned by Angela L
I've never found Mary's actions particularly sinister here. She see's nothing wrong with acting, and thinks Edmund is just being a bit stubborn, imvo. When Fanny is really reduced to tears though, she won't leave her to sob alone and certainly won't try to hurt her by forcing more pro-acting ideas on her. It will be disagreeable because she had imagined acting with Edward perhaps?
Remember, "the really good feelings by which she was almost purely governed". She understands the opportune benefits of Edmund thinking well of her, of course, but Mary sticking up for Fanny is actually one of the kindest things she does in the novel.
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