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Written by KatharineW
(10/9/2010 7:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny's power, penned by Janey
I am having trouble identifying people over whom Fanny has power. Yes, in the pivotal "East Room" scene, Fanny refrains from exposing Henry Crawford to her uncle. It would be true power if, like the emperor in your example, there would be no repercussions on Fanny destroying Henry's reputation. No one would dare gainsay a ruler who condemned someone to death. They wouldn't risk ending up on the chopping block alongside the first victim.
I see poor, emotionally beaten Fanny, crying bitterly even as she decides that although the emperor is starkers, his henchmen would punish her severely for pointing out the obvious. And I'm not saying that Fanny is a coward. Let's just say that she has fine instinct for self-preservation.
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