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Written by Bridget D
(10/23/2010 8:31 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I see little hope for Henry., penned by Rachel G
Im not quite sure about this.. I think that Austen does intend us to beleive that if Henry had won Fanny, he DID genuinly love her rationally and passionately and he would have learned to behave bettr and that while it woudl still have been a second best love for Fanny, she would have been reasonalby happy in thte marriage, if Edmund had married Mary and cut off her hopes there. So I assume that Austen beleived that if he had won his prize Henry would have learned to deserve it.
Yet I can't help thinking that it might not have worked out. I think that once the novelty had worn off, Henry might have grown bored iwht Fanny and taken to leaving her alone while he sought his amusements in London nad left her to stay home and manage the estate.. and he would have lost interest in doing that himself. Maybe, maybe not. He seems to me to be posing in his saying that he wants to go to Everingham to look after his poor tenant, rather than doing it becuase he feels it is his duty or that he really wnats to....
or possibly he would still have been happy with her in hte senese of being pleased that he had a good, well bred, loyal and devoted wife, even if he found her a trifle boring to live with - but at least he was sure that she woudl be a good mother, and helpmate and taht she woudl be faithful to him....
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