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Written by Ramya
(7/14/2013 9:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Tom, penned by Nikki N
I never thought that Tom was callous or lacked conscience. He was extravagant, thoughtless, and spoilt. Among the siblings, Maria is the only sibling who was completely selfish and vain, and was never able to rise above that. Julia was selfish too, but wised up enough to distance herself from Henry Crawford.
The combined shock of illness, his friends' neglect, and Maria's and Julia's elopements would have been enough to shake anyone not completely hardened. He had suffered, and he had learned to think: two advantages that he had never known before; and the self–reproach arising from the deplorable event in Wimpole Street, to which he felt himself accessory by all the dangerous intimacy of his unjustifiable theatre, made an impression on his mind which, at the age of six–and–twenty, with no want of sense or good companions, was durable in its happy effects. Marianne's illness in S&S gives her time to think too. Tom was only 26, after all. Not too old to change, IMO.
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