My Thoughts (I believe a little incoherant, but bear with me)
Posted by Rachel on October 05, 1997 at 02:42:18:
In response to What did Ms Fairfax mean?, written by Marsha on October 04, 1997 at 13:52:23
] This is a little behind the schedule, but I was always exceedingly puzzled when Mrs F told Jane that "is it really for love he is marrying you? Because gentlemen..." (my inept paraphrase. What else could he be marrying her for? I ruled out lust, money, connections and Bertha, so what else is there? If I ever thought someone wanted to marry for love, that was it!
] So what did Mrs F mean????
] Sorely puzzled,
I think that maybe our simple dame Fairfax just might have been so bewildered about it, that since she couldn't fathom any normal, comprehendable feeling as to why Edward would pick Jane, she figured it wasn't any good, trustworthy feeling.
Also, I (slightly) question the part about lust. He could have been thought to (by Mrs. F) want Jane for lust; just because she'd have no idea why else he'd marry her. She might suspect Bertha, but "she would have gained no certain knowledge," If she does suspect, it might be her total lack of connections and money that he would reasonably want her. He could do . . . whatever, and if the truth ever was revealed, she'd have none to turn to. Or, he could just have odd tastes. Mrs. F makes no pretentions into understanding her master, and I believe she describes him as being "queer" at one point (or something to that effect); it would just fit into his odd character.
Hoping to be helpful,
(Enjoyed this question, though!)
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