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|Secured her fate beyond recall
Written by Barb JA
(9/28/2010 10:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Maria had pledged herself anew to Sotherton, penned by Karen G
I'm reminded of Chapter 11 when we are told of the sisters' feelings about Sir Thomas' return.
Maria was more to be pitied than Julia; for to her the father brought a husband, and the return of the friend most solicitous for her happiness would unite her to the lover, on whom she had chosen that happiness should depend. It was a gloomy prospect, and all she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away she should see something else. It would hardly be early in November, there were generally delays, a bad passage or something;...Much might happen in thirteen weeks.
It galls me that she would wish her father to be in danger. She chose Rushworth.
In Ch. 18, we see Maria and Mr. Crawford needlessly rehearsing their first scene over and over just so they can embrace while poor Mr Rushworth looks on.
It bothers me that she is the only one who can end it with Mr. Rushworth. Mr. Rushworth is the one who is stuck. She clearly doesn't love him, shown by her dread of the event so early on. I find the phrase "secured her fate beyond recall" chilling. What of Mr. Rushworth's fate? The extreme selfishness in all this is sickening.
I also wonder about this perceived restraint that her father imposed. Is it really much more than the normal societal restraints of that time?
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