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Written by Nikki N
(7/11/2013 12:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, However..., penned by Julie P.
It did not change that Fanny was firm, but it changes the view of Sir T's character, he did NOT threaten her, and the visit, with Edmund's agreement, was supposedly arranged to give her pleasure. If Sir T had known how uncomfortable she was at Portsmouth, he would have feared to leave her there any longer -- chap 42 --
Jane Eyre's Mrs Reed and Mrs Norris may both be evil women, but Fanny was not wholly in Mrs Norris' power. Tom, Maria and Julia were not John, Eliza and Georgina Reed, there was "no positive ill-nature" in the Bertram cousins. Tom laughed at her, but gave her "very pretty presents", and Maria and Julia sometimes played with her when they were young.
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