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Written by Tina T
(9/17/2006 10:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree about her likely remoteness from John, penned by Tom P2
I cannot believe that Mrs Dashwood would ignore the needs of a motherless boy. But she may have tried too hard and been too much for him to take. If you were to lift out the part about the promise to his father and Fanny's talking him out of keeping it, what is left is a picture of a brother and step-son being very kind and attentive, if not really emotionally available.
"He really pressed them, with some earnestness, to consider Norland as their home; and, as no plan appeared so eligible to Mrs. Dashwood as remaining there till she could accommodate herself with a house in the neighbourhood, his invitation was accepted."
"His attentive behaviour to herself and his sisters convinced her that their welfare was dear to him"
I don't think he would have been so attentive if he had not liked her and cared about her, at least a little bit.
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