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Written by Barb JA
(10/6/2010 7:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, romantic delicacy was certainly not to be expected from him, penned by Stephanie
He paused and eyed her fixedly. He saw her lips formed into a no, though the sound was inarticulate, but her face was like scarlet. That, however, in so modest a girl, might be very compatible with innocence; and chusing at least to appear satisfied, he quickly added, “No, no, I know that is quite out of the question; quite impossible. Well, there is nothing more to be said.”
Fanny was lucky that he only went on to state what he believed to be the case, and asked her if she agreed, which she calmly did. If he'd directly questioned her about her feelings, I don't think she would have been able to lie.
After she answers that she has no reason to think ill of Mr. Crawford's temper...
It seems she's running it all through her head. She does think it would be appalling to explain, but not because she's afraid of Sir Thomas in that moment.
She's keeping the secret of her love for Edmund to protect herself, and the secret of Henry's bad principles to protect Maria and Julia, IMHO.
Even post-rant she keeps her mouth shut. If she had told him it would clear her of all that he accused her of during his tirade.
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