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Written by Ramya
(10/4/2010 9:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sir Thomas – I have something to say to you, penned by Robbin
Sir Thomas' heavy reliance on Mrs. Norris also supports the view that he would have preferred a more active (or at least awake) wife. In fact, Mrs. Norris almost acts the role of a second wife. Even when Mr. Norris was alive, we never witness any scene where he is directly present. Nor is Mrs. Norris upset when her husband dies (one of the only two excellent scenes in the abomination that is MP2 is Mrs. Norris' reaction to her husband's death).
Miss Ward, at the end of half a dozen years, found herself obliged to be attached to the Rev. Mr. Norris, a friend of her brother–in–law, with scarcely any private fortune Chap. 1 [Mrs. Norris] consoled herself for the loss of her husband by considering that she could do very well without him Chap.3
It appears that Mrs. Norris has almost appropriated her sister's family for herself- her husband and her daughters. And Sir Thomas has unconsciously allowed it to be so because he has felt his wife's deficiencies.
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