Written by bridget d
(7/16/2013 5:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, out, penned by Nikki N
I dont think he did. I think that without the coming of the Crawfords and sir T's "reformation" in Antigua, he would not have intended to "leave Fanny out" but woudld have not been bothtered to take any steps to bring her out. I think that when they took F in, he problaby had intentions of treating her like another daughter, but as time passed, he let her be made into Mrs N's gofer and lady B's upper servant, and didn't think of her as needing a come out in the normal way.
When he returned from Antigua he HAD had soemthing of a change (not really explained) and was more disposed to think highly of Fanny as she was more intelligent and better behaved than his own daughters... and that I think combined with a notion that if he brought her out, she was now attractive enough to possibly make a decent marriage.
Anyway IMO the whole conversation about Tom and young girls is to do with the notion of "coming out" and how a girl should behave. I think it wakens Edmund to realise that Fanny IS growing up now and that his family have not given her the usual coming out/introdcuction to Society that she should get, if she's not to spend her life as Lady B's spinster companion. It is not really "about" Tom as such.