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Written by Louise H
(10/6/2010 11:20 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sir Thomas goes to the East Room (ch 32), penned by BarbaraB
Henry thinks that just after he tells Fanny of William's promotion is the perfect time to propose, when she's all gratitude. Sir Thomas agrees that Fanny's indebtedness to Henry on William's account is an argument in Henry's favor.
I find this disturbing -- as if it's appropriate to try to catch Fanny in a moment of gratitude, rather than have her decide her fate based on deliberate reflection. Mr. Knightley, for example, would never approve of taking advantage of someone's gratitude that way.
I think JA expects us to see a lack of delicacy on Sir T's part not to grasp or care about Henry's ungentlemanly conduct here. It's another instance of Sir T's not looking carefully at the suitability of the match, but only caring about its advantageousness.
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