Posted by M on September 12, 1997 at 14:40:05:
In reply to Re: No, no no... posted by Michelle K. on September 12, 1997 at 07:16:41
] 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.
Very, very true. If it was really meant to be the way the Crawfordites want, wouldn't Austen have done it herself? Austen was obviously a Bertramite herself. And, being the author, and completely sober at the time :), does she not have all the right in the world to write what she wants to? As long as Austen didn't write a sequel to change everything, the Crawforites are stuck with their dreams.
>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.
Right. Bertramites take it the way it is. We have no need to change what is meant to be.
] "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!
] :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Right. I agree.
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