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Written by Stephanie
(10/15/2011 2:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mary enjoys the Limelight, penned by Robbin
Oh, I agree with you, that Mary is a hypocrite, and her rationales come and go as best sits with her current goals.
However, I am more than annoyed that Charles, who [is] really a very affectionate brother, (ch. 12) does not choose that moment to prove it, by making sure his injured sister has the nurse in the family, rather than the drama queen. He can not have known that the Harvilles would be so competent, and, if they are, they need not have all the care on their own shoulders if Anne were there.
Author Austen does not make huge revolutions in secondary characters and their relationships during her novels very often (at all?), and it is necessary to the plot that Anne not stay. So I can not be surprised that Mary succeeded. But, being human, I dislike that she won when the sister she claimed to feel such affection for might have had her health at stake.
I want an impossible scene, where Charles takes Mary to one side and says, in a low urgent voice, "If you truly believe that you are a better nurse than Anne, then you are a fool as well as a self-absorbed, petulant, prima donna. You will not endanger my sister's life with your unreasonable estimations of your own talents, and if you make a scene about returning to Uppercross, I will cut your pin money to zero, and make this conversation public. But you are being sent back and Anne is staying. Go pack."
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