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Written by nan duval
(9/26/2010 8:47 p.m.)
We have seen in later chapters that Fanny's relationship with Edmund is her most important relationship at Mansfield Park. But this relationship begins with Edmund's concern for Fanny when he finds her in tears, starts a probing conversation about her ramily and discovers & honors her love for her brotherWilliam, assumes that she wants to communicate with him and helps her to overcome the small, but to fanny insurmountable, obstacles to writing William a letter, and sends William a gift under the seal. Such a simple remedy to Fanny's misery should have been considered pro-actively by her adult cartakers. They completely overlook her attachment to her family, & are so focused on their presumption of her unalloyed benefit in being so abruptly transplanted from home to MP that they can't imagine a way to make her happier. Their blindness to her attachment to home & family gives us some idea that the Bertrams have a lack of real attachment to one another.
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