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Written by Mary Skater
(1/11/2013 11:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Present wretchedness, penned by Robbin
although as readers, we don't get the "public beyond a hope" information until the chapter after Fanny gets Edmund's letter. We know that the Prices don't even get a newspaper of their own, which is why I think it could easily have happened that Fanny wouldn't have known anything about the scandal. But I suppose it didn't occur to Edmund that the Prices would live without "luxuries" which he would absolutely take for granted.
From the point of view of the novel, we need Mary Crawford's letter as a further revelation of her character, already tarnished by her views on Tom's illness.
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