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Written by Ramya
(9/24/2013 8:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't see all the consequences you predict, penned by Margaret C
Mary's quote relates to Fanny's acceptance of Henry's hand in marriage--not the offer to convey her from Portsmouth. Henry was offering to convey Fanny to Mansfield--it did not include a detour to Northampton and London. Fanny would be horrified at the thought. Although, once in a carriage with the Crawfords, I'm not sure how much choice she would have had to impose her will on the situation, if they had wanted to make detours.
If Henry had written to Sir Thomas, I do not think the underlying implication that he had been wrong to send Fanny to the Prices would have been felt to a greater or lesser degree. Sir Thomas did not know that her health was being affected by her visit, and that would precede any other consideration. I do not agree that the alternative for Fanny would have been an officially sanctioned conveyance by the Crawfords or to live with her parents for ever. Yes--Sir Thomas was indeed hoping that Fanny would learn a lesson at Portsmouth, but if Henry had written to him, he would have sent Edmund to bring Fanny back. Sir T would not have asked the Crawfords to do the job. After all, that would involve Mary Crawford in needless trouble as well.
Btw, Therese, Fanny is not a guest at Mansfield Park. For all practical purposes, Mansfield is her home, and she does not need an invitation to go back. However, I agree that she does not have the authority to make her own decisions.
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