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Written by Nikki N
(9/24/2013 10:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't see all the consequences you predict, penned by Margaret C
Fanny was supposed to be on a two month's visit to Portsmouth (chap 42) -- as another post had said, she was a guest at Portsmouth, not a guest at Mansfield, Mansfield was her home. The delay in fetching her back was due to everyone at Mansfield being preoccupied by Tom's illness -- Sit Thomas could not leave his sick son, and Edmund could not leave his sick brother.
Mary's letter can be divided into parts -- the proper and improper parts. The proper part is that -- (chap 45)
Fanny DID feel herself to be wanted at Mansfield during Tom's illness, she could have helped her aunt Bertram. Had Mary written only this, I think Fanny would have accepted.
The improper part of the letter, which gave Fanny such a disgust of Mary, is this part about Tom's illness --
Fanny's reaction -- "Fanny’s disgust at the greater part of this letter, with her extreme reluctance to bring the writer of it and her cousin Edmund together, would have made her (as she felt) incapable of judging impartially whether the concluding offer might be accepted or not. To herself, individually, it was most tempting. To be finding herself, perhaps within three days, transported to Mansfield, was an image of the greatest felicity,".
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