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|Henry's offer to take Fanny back to Mansfield
Written by Ramya
(9/24/2013 5:03 a.m.)
Fanny refuses Henry's invitation to go back to Mansfield with him and his sister because she would never presume to take such a liberty with Sir Thomas. There is some indelicacy in making such a suggestion, IMO, for that same reason. After all, he and his sister were NOT yet in such terms of intimacy with the Mansfield Park family, and it would be presumptuous were he and his sister to cart Fanny away.
Henry is always wanting to bend the rules. Just like he presumes to call Fanny by her first name, and uses his sister's letters to carry on an improper correspondence with Fanny. To intentionally misapply a quote from another situation here, "And for the world you would not get out without the key and without Mr. Rushworth’s authority and protection, or I think you might with little difficulty pass round the edge of the gate, here, with my assistance; I think it might be done, if you really wished to be more at large, and could allow yourself to think it not prohibited.” Substitute Sir Thomas for Mr. Rushworth, and it could fit almost perfectly in this situation.
If Fanny had taken up his offer, she would end up being obligated to the Crawfords, and find it even more difficult to refuse him; Sir Thomas would not have been pleased that Fanny took such liberties; and there would be no Susan accompanying her back to Mansfield. What Henry should have done, was to write to Edmund or Sir Thomas informing them of the many inadequacies of the Price household, and strongly suggested that it would be detrimental to Fanny's health to stay with her parents longer.
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