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|Delicious Chapter 2
Written by RobinJ
(9/7/2009 7:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, At auction in Chapter 2 (long--sorry!), penned by Ivonne
I'm so glad to find this meaty discussion of the book's amazing chapter 2! You all have made some wonderful points and interesting observations. This chapter has long been a favorite of mine... I stand in awe of the methodical way that Fanny dissembles her husband's "generous" impulse. As Ivonne says, "incrementally easing him into comfort..." Step by carefully calculated step she artfully allows John to come to his own conclusions, without overtly directing him to hold onto their money with a miserly grip. I suspect this behavior is a long-established routine between them. She wants to appear feminine, to allow John to "think" he is making the decisions, when, really, it is Fanny who calls the shots. They've done this before.
I'm reminded here that Austen's novels consitently contrast those who have wealth with those who have character, virture, and substance. And with her love of irony (her wicked delight in shocking people), she draws the character of Fanny LARGE so there can be no doubt where they fall on the spectrum. It is delicious, isn't it?
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