Posted by Ann on May 15, 1997 at 00:13:27:
In reply to Re: Yes, professor; no, professor posted by Kali on April 30, 1997 at 17:53:24
"Elinor, like Fanny Price, is not in a position to change her love's situation or her own, but she can, and does, try to put life into perspective without letting childish jealousy get in the way. She can't stand Lucy or Fanny Dashwood becasue they're silly, mean people, and NOT simply because they stand in her way. "
Fanny does not dislike Mary simply because she stands in her way. If she respected Mary, if she thought that Mary would make Edmund a good wife, I believe she would have accepted Mary better. It is the fact that she sees that Mary is not a worthy object of Edmund's affection, in combination with the prospect of losing her own chance at love, that causes her dislike of Mary. Fanny is not as obsessed with Edmund as you make her out to be.
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