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Written by Ramya
(9/24/2010 11:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A little funny -- but also charmless, penned by Louise H
some of Mary's comments too seriously, but this is probably the first time she has come across such an individual, to whom, perhaps, everything becomes fodder for a clever and witty remark. Fanny just has not learned to appreciate her kind of humor yet.
Fanny does laugh against her better judgement sometimes. Here's an instance from Chapter 12: “I am glad of it,” said [Tom], in a much brisker tone, and throwing down the newspaper again, “for I am tired to death. ....they are so many couple of lovers—all but Yates and Mrs. Grant—and, between ourselves, she, poor woman, must want a lover as much as any one of them. A desperate dull life hers must be with the doctor,” making a sly face as he spoke towards the chair of the latter, who proving, however, to be close at his elbow, made so instantaneous a change of expression and subject necessary, as Fanny, in spite of everything, could hardly help laughing at.
And again in Chapter 14, we see her deriving some innocent amusement from watching human nature at play (pun intended ;-)), when the principals are trying to decide on a play : Fanny looked on and listened, not unamused to observe the selfishness which, more or less disguised, seemed to govern them all, and wondering how it would end.
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