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Written by Barbara
(10/1/2009 2:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ridiculously opaque, penned by Ivonne
It would be different if John really did have a brotherly relationship with Marianne. Even though he was raised in the same home as his younger sisters when he was still a child himself, Fanny keeps emphasizing that they are only his half sisters, not is real sisters, and John makes no attempt to contradict her.
Considering that there really is no 'relationship' there beyond the genetic fact of having the same father, I don't see it as his place to step in. He doesn't support them financially or emotionally, and IMO, John has no say over what happens to his sisters, really.
If it were Catherine and James Moreland or Fanny and William Price or Henry and Eleanor Tilney, where there is a real, close, long-standing bond there, I think I would expect the lady's brother to do or say something in those cases, and even moreso if the brother had become head of the family through the father's death (which none of those have).
Mr. Darcy did step in re: Georgiana and Wickham, but in that case he not only has a brotherly relationship with her and his head of the family, but he is also her legal guardian.
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