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|Mary misreading Fanny.
Written by Rachel G
(10/17/2010 6:27 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary callous, penned by Bridget D
I do find it odd, to say the least, that Mary would express her sentiments so explicitly to Fanny, and in such a tone. The line I find especially jarring is:
Mary is generally pretty shrewd in her reading of other people. She has spent quite a lot of time with Fanny and is well aware that Fanny is not like Mary's London friends. Of course she does not understand many aspects of Fanny's character, but how she could imagine that Fanny might "smile and look cunning" in these circumstances is beyond me. I find it very hard to believe that Mary could have misread Fanny quite so badly.
I can see why JA wanted to show Mary at her worst in this letter, but the tone of the letter and the extent of Mary's misreading of Fanny stretch my credulity. I find it one of the least satisfactory elements of the whole novel.
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