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Written by Erica
(10/6/2010 10:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, romantic delicacy was certainly not to be expected from him, penned by Stephanie
I have been thinking of this a lot, and like you, I think perhaps Fanny should have said something to Sir Thomas about her opinion of Crawford's morals, or rather, the lack thereof. Even if she said nothing beyond the fact that she had reason to doubt his morals, and even if Sir T had not been convinced of the rightness of her opinion, at least he would have known that her refusal was not based solely on emotional or romantic notions.
However, if she had made any such statement, Sir T would probably have asked her to explain and elaborate, and if Fanny didn't provide him with what he would deem adequate proof, he would probably disregard her opinion.
I also wonder if she could have found a way to tell Sir T about Crawford's behavior without implicating her cousins. For instance, what if she had said, "During your absence, I witnessed him paying attentions to both Maria and Julia, attentions which aroused the jealosy of Mr Rushworth," without mentioning the girls' responses to his attentions, would that perhaps have sufficed? Or would Sir T, like Edmund did in an earlier chapter, dismiss Fanny's observations and interpretations?
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