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|Not trying to protect Henry.
Written by Rachel G
(10/9/2010 11:16 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Power with or Power over . . ., penned by KatharineW
I agree with the general drift of your post and what you say regarding Fanny and power, but I have a quibble on a point of detail. When Fanny refrains from telling Sir Thomas about Henry's misconduct, I believe she is trying to protect Maria and Julia, rather than Henry. Here's the relevant part of ch.32:
“Have you any reason, child, to think ill of Mr. Crawford’s temper?”
She longed to add, “But of his principles I have”; ...... Her ill opinion of him was founded chiefly on observations, which, for her cousins’ sake, she could scarcely dare mention to their father. Maria and Julia, and especially Maria, were so closely implicated in Mr. Crawford’s misconduct, that she could not give his character, ..... without betraying them.
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