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Written by Stephanie
(10/18/2010 9:49 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fake, Fake!, penned by Barb JA
Well, since I often try to think off-page, I admit I have considered what Fanny might have said, had she had more indiscreet manners (let's admit it, a step closer to my own tactlessness). When she stammers through these phrases to a stop:
“No, indeed, you know your duty too well for me to— even supposing—”
I might have finished for her:
“No, indeed, you know your duty too well for me to be of use in correcting you, even supposing I found you transgressing some element of it. I would not be telling you anything you had not already known, and had already chosen to ignore.”
Considering her remark to Henry Crawford when he invites her to join him in wishing Sir Thomas had been becalmed for long enough for the play to go on, and her immediate inner quivering that she had dared speak so, I am sure she never would say any of that, however. And if she had, Henry, not the least bit deterred or insulted, would have been delighted. Engaging Fanny at any level would have been the foot in the door he most desired.
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