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Written by Shirley Rae
(10/8/2008 9:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, morning sickness, penned by Ra
I get a feeling that Mary is hungry for importance, not neccessarily attention, and by feigning illness, she gains that importance. Everyone would take her needs into consideration, faces would be popping in and out seeing if she wanted anything...even if no one were in the room the whole family would be thinking about her. If, that is, anyone in the family actually believed in her aches and pains. Obviously, Mary has never heard the story of the boy who cried wolf.
While well, and happy, and properly attended to, she had great good humour and excellent spirits; but any indisposition sunk her completely. She had no resources for solitude; and inheriting a considerable share of the Elliot self-importance, was very prone to add to every other distress that of fancying herself neglected and ill-used. Ch. 5
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