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|"Moral taste," not moral or ethical values
Written by KatharineW
(9/28/2010 6:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 24 - Is Henry (dare I say it)......., penned by Lisa Dalrymple
Jane Austen is very careful in her choice of words. She says that Henry had moral taste enough to value Fanny. What this means to me is that the man is aware of moral/respectable behavior that is expected of us---he doesn't feel obligated to bind himself to it.
I understand your soft spot for Henry. I, too, have a soft spot for most well-written villains of their pieces. Jane Austen rarely takes the easy way out. There is enough "wrong" with a hero or heroine to make them just that much more interesting and human. There is also just enough "right" with her villains to make them resonate with us, rather than forcing us to regard them as two-dimensional, cookie-cutter-produced caricatures of real people. Even the ever-obnoxious Mrs. Norris has a dog-like devotion to the children of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram.
As for the depth of Henry's feelings and the degree to which he is controlled by them and what all of this means for Fanny . . .
Stay tuned for the final chapters of a beautifully dark novel where nothing is what it really seems.
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