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|A surprise every time
Written by Barb JA
(10/26/2010 10:31 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, MP surprises to a first-time reader (very LONG – sorry!), penned by Cathy Allen
The end of ch. 42
One thinks with that buildup that perhaps Sir Thomas' scheme is working and that she's perhaps beginning to contemplate a marriage to him. But then her thoughts finish.
I don't know why but it makes me laugh every time.
I wonder what others think of the difference in Henry's behavior from when Fanny last saw him, when he was grilling her in such an ungentlemanly way to the Portsmouth visit. He behaved much better. I wondered if this was merely adapting to Fanny's tastes or whether seeing the lower circumstances of Fanny's life in Portsmouth and her father's more ungentlemanly behavior shook him into a better sense of propriety- for example being unwilling to leave the women on their walk about Portsmouth.
The surprise for me on this reading is Edmund, even though he's been lumping Fanny and Mary together as equally wonderful all along, he was praising Fanny so highly that it seems natural that after the Mary debacle, he in time transfers his romantic affections to Fanny.
I think this shows deep down he knew all along that there were problems with Mary. Perhaps this explains why he didn't strike when the iron was hot back when he returned from being ordained and Mary was all complaisance. Since he admits that Fanny is too good for him, I can now withdraw the wish to box his ears. :)
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