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Written by Rachel G
(10/14/2010 4:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An observation, penned by Lisa Dalrymple
I'm not sure Lady Bertram's capacity to oppose Mrs Norris is new, or that any 'improvement' in her is due to Fanny's influence. There are two much earlier examples of Lady B resolutely opposing Mrs N's view:
Ch.3. (Fanny is to live with Mrs N.)
In the first quote, we actually see Lady B demolish her sister's argument twice in succession! In both examples she is deferring to the male head of the household rather than arguing for her own preference. Her personal comfort and convenience are in no way threatened in either case - Fanny will still be able to walk up from the White house to tack on Lady B's patterns, and no one is suggesting that lady B should take up horse-riding.
I think the reason Lady B comes across as more forceful and articulate in ch.37 is that her own interests are at stake - if Fanny goes to Portsmouth them Lady B will miss the convenience of having her around.
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