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|What an interesting comparison
Written by Tess
(9/16/2012 2:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, King Lear, penned by Barbara
I think you're right, it is strikingly similar how the original sum, or number or servants is gradually diminished. In Sense and Sensibility, Fanny ends the conversation with "only think how comfortable they will be!" after she has explained that they will have no carriage, almost no servants, and no social life! Your comment about some people's selfishness in the guise of being concerned for others' welfware seems to be spot on.
The difference seems to be that in King Lear the daughters sort of "gang up" on their father, who is in no longer in a position to negotiate. In Sense and Sensibility, John, theoretically, can decide how much to give to his sisters. That's why in my opinion Fanny is a little less aggressive (look at Regan's "and in good time you gave it"!) and perhaps a little more tactful.
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