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Written by Bridget D
(10/11/2011 3:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Speaking (too) well of the dead, penned by Cheryl
OK Mrs Musgrove is silly but she is silly partly because she DID love her son. It was probably a relief to have him at sea and out of hte house,but it does not mean that she did not have feelings for him, or that had he come home, she would not have beeen very pleased (until his annoying ways began to cause problems again). And I dont see that Dicks' death was "good fortune". Ture he might never have made good, but he might have done. He was young and might have improved to at least "averagely good". I think that Austen was irritated by sentimentality aand by gushing mohter love... but it is IMO still an unkind and too harsh passage. When Mary C speaks lightly of Tom B's illness, Fanny does not think that Tom might be as well off dead, as he wasn't a very satisfactroy son.. She's duly shocked nad horrified...
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