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Written by Barbara
(9/10/2003 12:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR : About Miss Morton, penned by Pierre
One thing I noticed is that an earlier reference to Miss Morton
For that matter it makes her like Eliza Williams/Brandon who was also a wealthy fatherless heiress and who was also 'involved' as a potential marriage partner for two brothers.
I think it is interesting that all of these heiresses are without the protection of their fathers, or in the case of Eliza and Sophia, any living parent and are treated not as persons but as a source of money--and in Miss Morton's case prestige (a titled father and all). These ladies do not necessarily have someone looking out for their interests in the same way they might if their fathers were still living.
That leads me to wonder about the Ferrars family and their motives. John thinks that it is a desirable connection on both sides. The Ferrars do have money, and they did have an uncle who was 'Sir' Robert, but it sounds as though Miss Morton was of a higher social status than they are. It is rather interesting that the heiress who is the object of the Ferrars family interest should be fatherless, just as Sophia Grey is fatherless and Eliza Williams (elder) was fatherless, is it not?
] 5. Miss Morton does not exist. She is just a product of Mrs Ferrars' wishful imagination.
It may not be as much of a sure thing as the Ferrars clan is hoping, but John does say "It is not actually settled, but there is such a thing in agitation," and Fanny and her mother talk about Miss Morton's talent for painting, so I don't think she is imaginary ;-)
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