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Written by Chas
(8/3/2013 4:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, visit, and aunt and cousins, penned by Nikki N
I think Sir Thomas suffers from the assumptions of the age--that his daughters aren't really much of his concern--let alone what he should do for a poor female relation of his wife's. As such he left the education and upbringing of his daughters to that of Mrs. Norris and, well, we all know how that turned out.
I will say though that when pushed into situations that he had no road map provided by the assumptions of the age to navigate, he did err on the side of human decency more than anything else, indicating a good heart at his core--if a little misguided. For instance when he sees being harsh with Fanny has truly caused her quite serious distress, he does his best to try and comfort her, even if he's disappointed in her choice at the time.
So Sir Thomas isn't all that bad, just misguided.
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