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|But Fanny is not impartial here.
Written by Rachel G
(10/10/2010 11:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane Austen writes this so succinctly, penned by Karen G
Experience might have hoped more for any young people so circumstanced, and impartiality would not have denied to Miss Crawford’s nature that participation of the general nature of women which would lead her to adopt the opinions of the man she loved and respected as her own. But as such were Fanny’s persuasions, she suffered very much from them, and could never speak of Miss Crawford without pain.
Here's how I understand the paragraphs you and I have quoted, taking them both together:
-Fanny believes that her judgement of Mary is not biased by her "selfish" feelings of love for Edmund and jealousy of Mary.
-Fanny thinks that Mary is unlikely to change even after years of marriage, and that Edmund's worth will be wasted on her.
-The narrator says someone with more experience of life and an impartial view would allow that Mary's nature is not unlike the general nature of women, so it is quite possible that she will adopt the opinions of her husband.
-But Fanny does not see things impartially and cannot speak of Mary without pain.
I very much like the way JA leaves this as an open question, and suggests that Mary is not necessarily such a hopeless case as Fanny believes.
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