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|But the 14 years before that?
Written by Barbara
(9/16/2006 11:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Partly his wife's fault?, penned by Kim E
I have no objection to blaming everything on Fanny ;-), but I think we cannot ignore the fact that John married her at age 21, and had been a stepson to the second Mrs. Dashwood for at least 14 years prior to that.
I think it's odd that when she was his only maternal figure (as far as we are told) in his life from the age of seven (and that he therefore can probably barely remember his real mother, if at all), through all of his teen years and until he came of age that they were not able to establish a closer bond. Certainly Fanny could and would have weakened whatever there was there, but does it not seem as though there was not a lot there to begin with?
The direction that question leads me in is this: did Mr. Dashwood (the girls' and John's father) obviously and pointedly favour his second family? We know his first wife was very wealthy, but maybe he married her mainly for money. It certainly seems that the second marriage was made for love and romance--I can't imagine Mrs. Dashwood would have made any other sort of match, and we know she had barely any money of her own and no social rank to speak of.
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