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Written by Nikki N
(9/25/2013 5:45 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Forevermore was an exaggeration, penned by Margaret C
Yes, Crawford's initial offer was only to convey her back to Mansfield, and Mary expanded on it by suggesting a detour to Everingham. But that was before Tom's illness. When Mary repeated the offer after Tom's illness, there was no suggestion of a detour. As I said in my previous post, if Mary had only written what I call the "proper" part of her letter -- about Fanny being wanted at Mansfield due to Tom's illness, I think Fanny would probably accept, as she was indeed tempted to do so. But Mary ruined it all by the "improper" part of the letter -- that if Tom were to die, it would be a good thing that Edmund would become the next baronet. Mary seemed to believe that both she and Fanny would like Tom to die so that Edmund would inherit. This was what gave Fanny such a disgust of Mary.
I think Crawford had his best chance of Fanny at the end of chap 43, when she began to think of the possibility of returning his regard, and of bringing Susan to live with them -- "She thought he was really good–tempered, and could fancy his entering into a plan of that sort most pleasantly."
Fanny also thought that Henry should avoid meeting Maria in town -- chap 43 --
She was disappointed when she heard that Crawford had stayed on to meet Maria -- chap 45 --
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