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|GR: Exactly like her own mother
Written by KateL
(8/12/2003 3:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Fanny's mothering abilities, penned by Candice Michelle
] These words, in conjunction with her opinion of the match between Edward and Elinor (in her conversation w/ Mrs. Dashwood in chapter 4), lead me to believe that she will be much the same with Harry when he is grown as Mrs. Ferrars is with Edward. That is, promoting his material interests as the scion of the family, as opposed to paying attention to his personal interests and what would make him happy as a person.
] It is interesting that we don't get to see her doting on Harry. We don't even hear her described as a doting mother who spoils her child, like Lady Middleton is described. Does she spoil him and coddle him? Or does she ignore him and leave him to the care of nannies?
I agree, she'll treat him exactly the way her brothers are treated, as instruments of her ambition. I'm also willing to bet she pays little attention to him as long as he behaves himself. Let's just hope he has a kind, sensible governess who manages to instill a little self-esteem.
The situation does allow for the perfect revenge on Fanny's principles though: Someday I'm going to write a sequel to S&S where Harry comes of age and into his money, then falls in love and marries *somebody's* illigitimate, penniless ward. ;-)
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