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Written by LauraMarie
(10/22/2010 4:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Are We Suppose To Like Fanny?: A Journey, penned by BarbaraB
has always been one of the biggest challenges of MP for me, so thank you for your insights, BarbaraB. It's taken years for me to really appreciate her, and I think now that the difficulty many people feel in really liking Fanny right away is quite purposeful on JA's part. Like Sir Thomas, many readers may only gradually come to understand that Fanny's moral strength is, in the end, infinitely more valuable than the more attractive but superficial qualities of the Crawfords and Bertram girls.
When I first read MP I couldn't understand why Fanny was such a stick-in-the-mud about the theatricals. But now I believe that the reluctance of both her and Edmund to take part has a lot to do with their symbolic roles. As opposed to the more obvious, showy qualities of the others, I think Fanny and Edmund both represent the quiet but vital part that virtue and integrity play in holding together families, communities, and countries.
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