Written by bridget d
(7/16/2013 7:45 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, to provide for Fanny, penned by Nikki N
Of course his attitude was different to Mrs N's. He is a reasonably good man, but he is haughty, rather severe and also worldly in spite of his strict morality. So he is almost the worst of 2 kinds of father. His strictness makes his children afraid of him, but his worldly ambition makes them even more inclined to feel that it is OK to marry for money..
I think he does not see that Mrs N is unkind to F becuase he does not want to see it.. And he is rather easily manipulated by Mrs N about her providing for Fanny. I would say that yes he did intend to make some provision for F if Mrs N was going to leave her money to the younger Bertrams but I think that he would not leave her much, just enough to get by on, and believe that Tom would keep her on at M Park. And Im not at all sure he woudl have bothtered with a coming out for Fan without the stimulus of the Crawfords having come to the Park ( this pushed the Bertrams inot including Fan a bit more in their schemes ) and the stimulus of his own "change" in Antigua. He would feel that as she was so helpful to Lady B and Mrs N, why change things by letting her go out in society?