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Written by GinnyP
(10/26/2010 3:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My impressions halfway through MP1, penned by GinnyP
I will add that the ending was a little rushed for me, with not enough time to see Edward's change in affections other than a brief hand-holding of comfort. Overall, it was neatly tied up with a hanky and I would recommend it to anyone else.
One thing that struck me, though: in the scene where William is traveling to Portsmouth with Fanny and he is "supposing the first lieutenant out of the way, and William was not very merciful to the first lieutenant" (38), the movie portrays his speech being _very_ unforgiving indeed, basically wishing him to be knocked off in the next battle. It made me think of another speech in the story, with a few modifications:
"To have a fine young man cut off n the flower of his days, is most melancholy...Poor young man! With a fearless face and bold voice would I say to anyone, that wealth and consequence of a first lieutenancy could fall into no hands more deserving it. I put it to your conscience, whether 'First Lieutenant Price' would not do more good with all the command than any other possible 'Lieutenant.'" (45)
Now, if Mary had written that to Fanny, would she have been as mortified as her original letter regarding Tom's possible death and Edmund? Or, is it because she knows her brother's heart and his sense of humor?
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