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|What about Henry's part in all this
Written by Angela L
(10/6/2010 5:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, agree with the exception of one point:, penned by jeffrey
I had forgotten this part, and it made me start to wonder. During this whole discussion, the concentration has been mainly on Fanny and Sir Thomas (of course since they are the two people conversing at the moment).
But, I think we've already agreed that Sir Thomas has too little knowledge of Henry's character to be able to understand Fanny. And, when you take Henry's character into consideration, I believe it possible that he has told Sir Thomas things in a very believable manner, that could lead Sir Thomas to come to some very wrong conclusions and thus lead to his losing control during his conversation with Fanny.
I also believe Fanny doesn't tell Sir Thomas that she has reason to doubt Henry's character because it could only damage the reputations of his daughters, especially Maria's. I believe it would be absolutely unacceptable for Fanny to make such a supposition about Sir Thomas's daughters to him.
I believe that Henry's manipulating ways are basically at the root of this situation. Sir Thomas sees Henry the way he presents himself to him, and Fanny sees Henry the way he presents himself to her. This can only lead to a conflict between Sir Thomas and Fanny.
Although I don't think that the conflict was Henry's intention, I believe his behavior nevertheless lead to a conflict. Henry's intention is to make Fanny in love with him and he is so sure of his winning qualities that he can't believe that Fanny would not fall in love with him.
I find this chapter quite complex.
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