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Written by Nikki N
(7/16/2013 6:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fanny, penned by bridget d
Fanny at 16 was too young to come out before Sir T left for Antigua, I think Fanny was badly treated because Sir T wasn't at MP, Lady Bertram was too indolent, and so Mrs Norris had her own way. Sir T always felt responsible and was concerned for Fanny's provision. In chap 3 -- when Mrs Norris became a widow, and his financial circumstances were "less fair" than before (Tom getting into debt and problems with the Antigua estate), he thought she would claim fanny and provide for her, and as Mrs Norris had 600 a year, that would be very ample provision for Fanny. But Mrs Norris had no intention of taking Fanny, and said that her money would be left to the Bertram children --
"He could not but wonder at her refusing to do anything for a niece whom she had been so forward to adopt; but, as she took early care to make him, as well as Lady Bertram, understand that whatever she possessed was designed for their family, he soon grew reconciled to a distinction which, at the same time that it was advantageous and complimentary to them, would enable him better to provide for Fanny himself." -- if Mrs Norris added to the provision for his own younger children, he could reduce what he would leave them and that "would enable him better to provide for fanny himself".
I believe Sir T's attitude was actually very different form Mrs Norris, and perhaps that is why JA had him away at Antigua. As for his warmer behaviour when he returned, I think he missed his family when he was away, and so was more outwardly affectionate. Before, he was not outwardly affectionate to his own daughters either, that was why all the three girls were actually glad when he was not at home.
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