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|Fanny the wheedler: how methodical and assertive is she really?
Written by Tom P2
(9/7/2009 8:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, At auction in Chapter 2 (long--sorry!), penned by Ivonne
I'm not at all sure that Fanny is an expert manipulator or authoritarian, though.
As Kathleen pointed out, there are several inconsistencies between her statements. If Fanny had been an intellectual giant in her own way, she'd have kept her story straighter. Her side of the conversation sounds like she's snatching immediately at any fresh angles, as soon as they occur to her.
Ivonne> But why have Fanny go through all this rather than put her foot down from the start?
Because direct assertiveness isn't her way? Setting aside the self-assured manners we see from her in screen adaptations (except maybe S+S0), we're left with impressions like her treating Mrs Dashwood and her daughters with quiet civility (ch2). Even if she'd ideally like to asset-strip them and send them on their way, she puts on a civilised veneer to their faces.
Fanny's success is adequately explained by her situation. She has a dopey indulgent husband, who acts upon her wishful thinking. The narrator labels her as narrow-minded (ch1), so perhaps her Plan B (when ad lib wheedling doesn't work) is just to curl up into a tight little ball of resentment.
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