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Written by Bridget D
(10/3/2010 7:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anger, disappointment & hurt feelings., penned by Rachel G
I agree Rachel.. in that Mary and Edmund wnat different things in life.. He is not interested in fashionable life and she is. He wnats to be a clergyman - but she is not itnersted in being a parson's wife...
Im not sure how far Austen felt that Mary's disinclination for clerical country life was a sign of a somewhat faulty nature.. but I agree that Mary feels that Edmunds insistence that he's going to get ordained is a (hurtful) sign that he does not really wnat to marry her. if he did, surely he woudl at least try to think of a compromise.. such as he'll become a clergyman but try to "get on" in the church.. or that he will give it up and they can buy a small estate with her £20k and he can be a good squire to his people instead of being a good clergyman.. but iwth a few trips to London now and then....
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