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Written by Ramya
(10/5/2010 11:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well said Jeffrey., penned by Barb JA
Of all things Sir Thomas has mentioned, this appears the most cruel and unaccountable. What is the point of taking a child out of her family if you are just preparing her for a mediocre life in another part of the country? Sir Thomas had kind intentions, but the execution was horrible. He starts out saying that he would provide a gentlewoman's provision if she doesn't get married. However, when his financial situation becomes unstable, he is ready to make off all the responsibility of future provision to Mrs. Norris.
Fanny would have been much happier living in Portsmouth, taking care of and playing with her siblings rather than being a glorified slave in Mansfield. She has the advantage of a better education in Mansfield, and perhaps, she is in better health than she might have been in Portsmouth (he mother calls her delicate and puny (Chap.1)), but little else.
I find this whole chapter really horrible to read. I can understand where Sir Thomas is coming from, especially as he has been very kind to her and tried to advance the match as much as possible after his return from Antigua. However, he simply lacks empathy, and his rants and oppressive manner are horrible.
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