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|Dearest, sweetest Fanny
Written by Ramya
(10/10/2010 10:59 p.m.)
Yes, dearest, sweetest Fanny. Nay” (seeing her draw back displeased), “forgive me. Perhaps I have as yet no right; but by what other name can I call you? Do you suppose you are ever present to my imagination under any other? No, it is ‘Fanny’ that I think of all day, and dream of all night. You have given the name such reality of sweetness, that nothing else can now be descriptive of you.” Chap. 35
Henry needs a slap upside the head! He is so ungentlemanlike in his persistence. He boasts to Mary that he will treat Fanny as she deserves to be treated, and then he goes on to consistently disrespect her wishes! In a time and culture where even a husband and wife called each other using their proper titles, it was very wrong of him to call her by her first name, and use such intimate expressions to describe his passion for her after her refusal. If he really wanted to prove his love for her, he should have sought other means. He disgusts me!
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