Posted by Michelle K. on September 12, 1997 at 07:04:58:
In reply to Re: Question for the Crawfordites posted by Marsha on September 11, 1997 at 16:19:58
] Speaking as a confirmed Crawfordite, I do not find Fanny milquetoastish. Perhaps a little bit more spirit would not hurt, and I definitely prefer Lizzie, but I do like her. She is so quiet and timid because of her dependent position, and because (as I believe it) of Mansfield Park atmosphere. My dissatisfaction with the ending in not only on Henry's behalf, it's also on Fanny's. Now she will be forever in a dependent position, and she will have serious passionless Edmund, on whom I think she has a childlike crush, not mature love. I wish for her sake she married Henry-she deserves some fun in life! Plus, in my opinion she needs someone like him, not afraid of his feelings to bring her out of her shell.
Au contraire! I think Fanny and Edmund will do quite nicely together. With all the time and attention that Fanny had paid to her affection for Edmund, I would think it to be a very real, full-blown love, and not a childish crush. She really loves him, and is longsuffering enough to hold out past all perceivable hope for the idea that she may someday get him. She is rewarded for this tenacity. I couldn't help but smile when JA describes Edmund's wishes to persuade her that her "warm and sisterly" affection for him is enough of a basis for married love. I kept thinking "boy, is he in for a pleasant surprise!"
Don't be too harsh on Edmund for taking so long to wake up and notice Fanny. Some guys just take a while. Even the most intelligent and amiable of men have been duped by charming frauds like Mary. And Fanny is much better off with Edmund, who has stood up for her since childhood, than a self-centered rake like Henry, who doesn't seem to be able to change his ways no matter how much he thinks he loves Fanny. There are too many women out there to pose a challenge to his romantic abilities).
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