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|Rachel, you're right...
Written by Mary Skater
(10/23/2010 3:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Dismal for both couples., penned by Rachel G
For me, the passage in MP which really shows the difference between the religious and the (effectively) non-religious people is Fanny's reaction to Tom's illness:
"Without any particular affection for her eldest cousin, her tenderness of heart made her feel that she could not spare him, and the purity of her principles added yet a keener solicitude, when she considered how little useful, how little self–denying his life had (apparently) been."
Fanny believes (as Edmund must have taught her) that bad people go to hell. If she worries about that possibility for Tom, who isn't so very bad by most people's standards, it goes a long way to explain her utter horror at the Henry/Maria elopement. Mary's complete dismissal of the value of clergymen shows that she is not troubled by such thoughts. She places no value on religion. Not a good match for Edmund, once the hormones had worn off.
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