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Written by Barb JA
(10/1/2010 9:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edmund, penned by Bridget D
Yes, Edmund is attracted to Mary's liveliness. The recent liveliness Edmund enjoyed was engaging in the acting which he had so wholly disapproved of a couple of chapters before. It's a testament to how far he really is gone.
As you alluded, Fanny is only human and she had ranges of feelings during that whole acting period, ranging from jealousy to feeling left out to almost wishing she had had accepted the part instead of Mrs. Grant.
She's relieved that it's all over for her own sake, but her overriding concern has always been for the others. The word agenda implies that she has some control of the goings-on or some aims to accomplish. Her only control is of her own reactions to what happens around her. She has no illusions that Edmund's suddenly spending less time with Mary will benefit her somehow.
She always listens patiently as Edmund waxes on about how wonderful Mary is.
I got a little sidetracked, but my original point was that had there been no Mary Crawford in the case, Edmund wouldn't have suddenly found Mansfield so dull.
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