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|Was JA the only one who could love Fanny?
Written by Natchie
(8/5/2013 11:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, New discussion topic: are there any Fanny Prices in the audience?, penned by Linnea (moved by moderator)
I recently read a Jane Austen critic (William Deresiewicz) who says he does not like Fanny as a character at all. It opposes everything he likes to see in human beings. That surprised me, especially since I agreed with everything else he said about the novel. I liked and sympathized with Fanny from the start and right straight through to the end. I would have been more outspoken and stood up for my rights more than her, but I had no trouble understanding where she was coming from and sympathizing with everything she said and did. Deresiewicz will admit that Fanny was the only character who chose correctly.
Jane Austen said of her character Fanny that probably no reader would like Fanny but Austen herself. That was an interesting comment and says something about the author's views, but I liked Fanny from Day 1. And that should say something about every reader who likes Fanny!
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