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Written by Robbin
(10/12/2005 2:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Canny Mrs Harville, I say, penned by Rebecca Mog
I agree, very much so. Mrs. Harville is wise in that she notices from the start that Mary can be of no help and cagey in that she gets rid of her in a way that Mary does not mind. Allowing herself to be sent early to the inn the night before and hysterical again the next morning, Mary has already proven she is of little use in the practical office of nursing. If Mrs. Harville had allowed Mary any significant portion of the nursing after this display I would not be able to feel sorry for her when, as it inevitably would, her attentions would be divided between the management of Mary and the nursing of Louisa. I also think that the combination of making any sustained effort on Louisa’s behalf and the conviction of ill usage, she is certain to adopt, when not the center of attention, would have brought on at the very least ill humor in Mary or additional fits of hysterics. In addition, Mary would have had to put herself out everyday to be noted as ill or hysterical in order to be sent off on some enjoyment to better her spirits! I have to note that Mrs. Harville must not have entirely escaped Mary’s ill humor as it says in Chapter 14 that “at first Mrs. Harville had always given Mrs. Musgrove precedence; but then she (Mary) had received so very handsome an apology from her on finding out whose daughter she was.” Poor Mrs. Harville not only does she carry the load of the nursing responsibilities, which she would not have had to do if Anne had been allowed to stay, rearranged her household and kicked her guest (Captain Benwick) to the curb but she must also massage Mary’s “Elliot Pride” to keep the peace.
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