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|I see little hope for Henry.
Written by Rachel G
(10/21/2010 7:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Indeed; a few more quotes, penned by Tom P2
JA tells us that Henry loved Fanny both rationally and passionately so I have to accept that, but I have a very hard time believing it. I don't think I would have the same difficulty if we had been told that he was "in love" with Fanny - that is an hormonally driven state which may last for about eighteen months to three years, or so I have read and observed. As Tom P2 says, novelties tend to wear off.
When the novelty had worn off between Henry and Fanny, I think they would be a remarkably ill-matched couple. I don't think Fanny would like spending half her time in London, and I certainly can't see her being at all happy among the sort of people Henry seems to hang out with - obsessed by social status and with decidedly loose morals.
Maybe Fanny's influence might cause Henry to take his responsibilities at Everingham more seriously, but I think he would find Fanny's uncompromisingly moral outlook oppressive. Even prior to the elopement I see no indication that he has any sense of needing to change in that regard. That sort of change would need to come from within himself, not just because Fanny thought it was right. I think also that Henry's compulsive need to make women a little in love with him indicates something deeply warped in his psyche. So I agree with Barb JA - it would only be a matter of time before he descended into more scumbaggery. (Nice expression Barb - much appreciated!)
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