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Written by Tom P2
(10/22/2010 6:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, History Repeats Itself, penned by Robbin
I think that it makes sense for Fanny to be the first in her household to hear of the promotion, because she's the most closely connected with William. Mr Crawford could be aware of that, with or without any ulterior motives.
It's of a piece with Sir Thomas's and Edmund's efforts in chapter 24, when they ganged up on Mrs Norris to prevent her from barging in on Fanny and William.
Mr Crawford's expression "I could hardly have borne..." (ch31) isn't exactly the language of refined delicacy, but then again, we already know that he isn't exactly Mr Refined Terminology: Henry Crawford had too much sense not to feel the worth of good principles in a wife, though he was too little accustomed to serious reflection to know them by their proper name; ... (ch30).
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