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Written by BarbaraB
(9/22/2010 11:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edmund defending Henry. Ch.12., penned by Rachel G
You would think that such a suspicion coming from Fanny of all people would at least give Edmond pause and that he would, if nothing else, take it into consideration even if he hadn't noticed anything himself. I think he knows that his father is counting on him more than anyone else to keep his house in order. Even a hint of anything between Henry and his engaged sister would merit observation to avoid possible scandal descending on his father's home. As it is, their parts together, places his sister in a questionable position so Fanny's warning should have whistles blowing and flags waving, not excuses.
Ever since Mary came on the scene, all I've seen from Edmond, are rationalizations to feel and do things which he knows he shouldn't. Joining the play to 'protect' Mary is just lame in my opinion. Mary doesn't have to play this part if she is so against playing with an unknown. And why is Edmond trusting Tom to keep his word that if he (Edmond) plays Anhalt, Tom will keep outsiders away? Geeeez, Sir Thomas doesn't even trust him!
Edmond is headed for the clergy. He needs to get with the program. The young man with such integrity that we meet at the opening of the novel is not meeting the expectations of himself, his father nor me as a bystander. While Edward is likable and I don't expect perfection, I can not cut much slack for someone who is knowingly compromising his principles with such persistence.
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