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Written by Ramya
(9/29/2010 7:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Mary 'merely acting a part'?, penned by Rachel G
I meant to convey the idea that the real Amelia for Edmund's Anhalt is Fanny, rather than Mary. Like Anhalt, Edmund has been a tutor for Fanny. Like Amelia, Fanny has also been very teachable. Amelia is at the point where she is ready to "teach" her tutor. Likewise, we have seen Edmund turning to Fanny for advice.
Although Mary is playing Amelia, there is little correspondence in the situations of the two. However, there have been several hints so far to indicate that neither Mary nor Edmund are ready to learn anything from each other.
I didn't mean to convey the impression that Mary is playing the part of being in love with Edmund. Sorry I didn't make that clearer. :-) I do think that her feelings for Edmund are genuine. However, the placement of Lover's Vows in this part of the story may hint that Mary, while acting the part of Amelia, does not truly fit that role.
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