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|On Mrs Dashwood and John's relationship.
Written by Mandy N
(9/16/2006 7:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Dashwood's faith in John, penned by Yvonne
I think Mrs Dashwood shared her husband's faith in John's promise as she did not doubt the sincerity of his assurance.
If John went away to school at an early age, he may have felt distant from his father and insecure. Later, his step-mother would be busy raising children and he probaby saw his father's fondness for them.
John was more vulnerable to Fanny's influence than the Dashwoods realized. By his wife's apparent deference and persuasion, John resolved to provide no financial assistance to his father's widow.
I feel John's relationship with his step-mother may've been outwardly favourable and polite yet lacked any deep feeling.
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