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Written by Tom P2
(10/10/2010 9:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sir Thomas goes to the East Room (ch 32), penned by BarbaraB
In the space of three or four paragraphs, Fanny goes from miserable for ever to being left in a glow of gratitude. It's quite an effective defence mechanism: when the world gets to be too much, redefine your world to be something narrower! Find solace by immersing yourself in predictions of how Mrs Norris will treat you. Thank goodness for Mrs Norris... oh, wait, how did I end up there? But seriously, it isn't always Mrs Norris. Sometimes it's the night sky. When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world (ch11).
As for Sir Thomas... He knew her to be very timid, and exceedingly nervous -- and I assume he already knew before arriving in the East room. How does he use this knowledge? Browbeating. Oh, that wasn't a resounding success. Well then, how about a little time, a little pressing, a little patience, and a little impatience, a judicious mixture of all on the loverís side? He seems to be making up his strategy as he goes along, perhaps supported by his high opinion of his own perceptiveness, but on the whole he's floundering around quite cluelessly.
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