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|Mary is also six years younger than Anne...
Written by Delories
(10/6/2008 6:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary Musgrove, the what if game., penned by Helen Kaye
...and thus only 9 years old when her mother died. She was then sent away to boarding school, we don't know at what age nor for how long, but it seems that as a result of all this she got less parental attention than her sisters, and unlike Anne had not Lady Russell figure to fill in as a surrogate mother. Her sister Elizabeth, already 15 when their mother died, was clearly too cold and selfish for the role, and Anne was still a few years too young.
It would seem that Mary's transparently hypochondria-like ways of seeking attention are a bid to get the mothering/nurturing she missed in her formative years.
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