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Written by Robbin
(10/12/2010 2:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny and Sir Thomas, penned by Bridget D
Despite the terrible scold Fanny suffers at the hands of Sir Thomas I do not see any evidence he believes she had no right to turn down such a fortuitously and offer. I base this on the fact that Fanny does indeed turn down the offer a second time after Sir Thomas’ visit to the East Room and with his full knowledge, actually by his direction: “You must give him your own answer… you only can explain to him the grounds of that misconception of your sentiments” (32).
Can you say what evidence there is Sir Thomas is promoting the match with Henry because it would relive him of the expense of providing for Fanny? If that was true why would he say “She [Fanny] will never leave us, I hope, till invited to some other home that may reasonably promise her greater happiness than she knows here” (29). Sir Thomas observed Henry’s attentions to Fanny and saw no sign she found them disagreeable but when he learns she cannot like him he is not disposed to force her to marry him:
“My dear,” interrupted Sir Thomas, “there is no occasion for this. Your feelings are as well known to me as my wishes and regrets must be to you. There is nothing more to be said or done… You will have nothing to fear, or to be agitated about. You cannot suppose me capable of trying to persuade you to marry against your inclinations. Your happiness and advantage are all that I have in view… (33)
Perhaps this cannot be described as worrying whether Fanny was in love with Henry but it is proof Sir Thomas considers her inclination for her husband important for her happiness in marriage. I agree he may still have problems but if so they have not made him indifferent to Fanny’s concerns and as a matter of fact he takes a great deal of pleasure in giving an expensive ball for his niece and nephew and in the idea she will marry very well just for her sake rather than financial gain. (:D)
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