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|Mary's best moment
Written by Barb JA
(9/22/2010 9:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Very interesting, penned by Angela L
Mary isn't my favorite. She's too manipulative for me. I got to wondering if "almost purely governed" meant the opposite - barely governed, but ultimately I think that her motives were mostly good, but she is aware it helps her standing with Edmund.
I think her initial reaction was very sincere...
I looked up keenness in Johnson's dictionary so I could be clear on what that meant- sharpness, asperity, vehemence. I think it shows she was shocked enough to respond in a harsh manner.
It's also interesting that the family is so inured to harsh treatment of Fanny that they all just sit there like lumps. Edmund may have been too angry to speak, but I think it was high time someone did. And why should Fanny be seen as weak for not speaking up for herself, if the rest of the family acts like this is normal? It's odd that the baddies- Mary and her significant looks to her brother- are the ones who diffuse the situation. Ugh. Sorry- it gets me a little fired up.
As far as the rest Mary wanting Edmund to act, I agree, she's trying to get him in on the scheme.
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