Posted by Michelle K. on September 12, 1997 at 07:16:41:
In reply to No, no no... posted by Julia on September 12, 1997 at 06:35:43
] My Dear Erroneous Bertramite :),
] Tsk, tsk tsk. No, Henry would and could never forget Fanny. He loves her wholly for all time. You do not comprehend Crawfordite philosephy. The affair never took place. Henry was set up. He has reformed himself, not unlike Darcy.
] Moreover, can Bertramites reeeaaaly believe that Fanny could be happy with the Ed-ster? It was just an infatuation wherein Fanny mistook deep, sisterly affection for romantic love.
] note to fellow Crawfordites: Another commandment to memorize: Henry is really not plain. JA meant to go back and change this, but she did not have time.
Call me simplistic, but I like the characters and story well enough the way Austen wrote them, and feel no need to embellish on the facts as written with conspiracy theories and the like.;) Henry's running off with Maria is the final proof that this leopard has not changed his spots. The Crawfordites find this plot element inconvenient, so they just pretend it doesn't exist. As for me, I like Fanny's true fate (marriage with Edmund, even if he is her cousin) better than any imagined felicity with Henry Crawford (with whom, IMO, she would never be happy), and I have no need to tamper with the story to make things turn out any different.
"Warm and sisterly" was Edmund's perception of Fanny's regard for him. I kept thinking how much of a nice surprise he's in store for when he finds out the truth!
Fanny loves Edmund.
Edmund loves Fanny.
That's good enough for me!
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