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|Fanny gets mean for a moment
Written by Robbin
(10/17/2010 4:09 a.m.)
Edmund’s long awaited letter so disturbs Fanny that she thinks “I never will, no, I certainly never will wish for a letter again” (44). It also elicits something as close to a rant, certainly the most unforgiving ideas she ever dwells upon and Mary, Edmund and nearly Sir Thomas are her targets:
Fanny checked the tendency of these thoughts as well as she could, but she was within half a minute of starting the idea that Sir Thomas was quite unkind, both to her aunt and to herself. As for the main subject of the letter, there was nothing in that to soothe irritation. She was almost vexed into displeasure and anger against Edmund. “There is no good in this delay,” said she. “Why is not it settled? He is blinded, and nothing will open his eyes; nothing can, after having had truths before him so long in vain. He will marry her, and be poor and miserable. God grant that her influence do not make him cease to be respectable!” She looked over the letter again. “’So very fond of me!’ ‘tis nonsense all. She loves nobody but herself and her brother. Her friends leading her astray for years! She is quite as likely to have led them astray. They have all, perhaps, been corrupting one another; but if they are so much fonder of her than she is of them, she is the less likely to have been hurt, except by their flattery. ‘The only woman in the world whom he could ever think of as a wife.’ I firmly believe it. It is an attachment to govern his whole life. Accepted or refused, his heart is wedded to her for ever. ‘The loss of Mary I must consider as comprehending the loss of Crawford and Fanny.’ Edmund, you do not know me. The families would never be connected if you did not connect them! Oh! write, write. Finish it at once. Let there be an end of this suspense. Fix, commit, condemn yourself.” (44)
Poor Fanny! Edmund and Mary are really trying her nerves—especially Edmund. Fanny is very worried he cannot see through Miss Crawford and I feel it is rather painful to her that he still believes she will eventually marry Henry. Of course these thoughts cannot long live in Fanny’s gentle heart and ‘Such sensations… were too near akin to resentment to be long guiding Fanny’s soliloquies’ (44). It is enough to make one poke someone in the eye with her quill pen. (:D)
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