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Written by Bridget D
(9/22/2010 1:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary's motive for kindness, penned by Janey
Of course they weren't pure -Austen tells us so. However she does state that Mary's feelings were "good ones" and that she was almost purely governed by them in comforting Fanny.. Mary is selfish and spoiled but she's not a monster and she has good taste enough to appreciate both EDmund and Fanny as better than herself...
I think that she spoke impulsively, seeing that F was upset and the others were being nasty, and wishing ot be kidn ot her, and as she did so realised that Edmund was looking approvingly, so it motivated her to keep on talking to Fanny...
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