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Written by Barb JA
(10/17/2010 12:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But there is a precedent :-), penned by Ramya
Mary has consistently spoken openly of marriage as a take-in, a manoeuvring business and that one should make the best monetary connection as possible. She also expects that Henry will "cease to love" and tells Fanny that he might love her nearly forever. I get the impression she doesn't see love in marriage as lasting or realistic at all.
With her aunt and uncle as an example, and then her friend's mercenary marriages, she laments the unhappiness, but seems to see it as inevitable anyway. She just seems to me to be so firm in her thoughts on marriage, that she doesn't expect Fanny to disagree.
Again I think we've had subtle clues about Mary all along, and this letter to Fanny, and then her final conversation with Edmund are confirmation.
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