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|Scramble to self assurance
Written by Barb JA
(10/27/2010 10:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny: Gratitude, humility & other ambiguities., penned by Rachel G
I personally think that the realization that Edmund was not so wise as she thought was the catalyst for her to begin to trust herself. She was not static. She did grow throughout the novel.
For me, being timid and shy are just personality traits, as is being an outgoing and witty- not necessarily indicative of good of bad character.
Rachel, I would just like to add to what Tom said.
As to Fanny's gratitude, I don't think she is ever improperly grateful if that makes any sense. What is galling is that Edmund could lecture her on gratitude.
I think I understand that it is bothersome that she is humble because nature and lack of nurture made her humble. So what is laudable in it? It's helpful maybe to consider what she could have been instead.
I'm going to quote from Janey's earlier posts "Fanny's Power" on this topic.
I think she could have turned out differently, but she didn't. :) (MP2 paraphrase for you Tom!) She could have harbored resentment and tried to get back at her oppressors, in any number of ways.
Even Mrs. Norris (granted her personality is different)- look at all she had to be grateful for. And what does she do? She takes advantage in every way she can, down to stealing green baize from the family that did so much for her. No doubt she deserved it for all she did for the inhabitants of Mansfield Park. ;)
|Robbin's post "Admiring Fanny"|
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