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|Subtle changes in Fanny
Written by Barb JA
(10/8/2010 10:59 a.m.)
Nigel Cliff said in the afterword to the CRW publishing version of the book
Fanny is a bit of an underdog. But she isn't fighting to achieve something in a grand way; the changes have been subtle.
Often she has thought so little of her self worth, but as the story has gone on it seems she has begun to value and rely on herself more.
These things have been discussed as they happened but I thought it would be nice to compile some of these and see what others have found, and to see if those who are not Fanny fans have found something they can now admire.
-Edmund, when he compromised his own convictions by agreeing to act, showed Fanny that Edmund perhaps didn't belong on a pedestal. She began to see rely on her own convictions more.
-When they all pressured Fanny to act too, she had to stand up to a whole room full of people and tell them no, though she did it in her own timid way. Timid as she was, it was still a big moment for her.
-When she was invited to dine with the Grants, she slipped out of the room but if her uncle were to be a great while considering and deciding, and with very grave looks, and those grave looks directed to her, and at last decide against her, she might not be able to appear properly submissive and indifferent.
-And of course, her refusal of Mr. Crawford and the east room scene shows her inner strength despite her outer softness.
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