Posted by Amy on May 17, 1997 at 21:11:38:
In reply to Re: Mary Crawford: Impropriety v Hypocrisy posted by Anna on May 17, 1997 at 20:26:18
I'd agree, Anna, that the Admiral had not bought the right to make an immoral display.
But maybe the Admiral's behavior really isn't the point, even though it's interesting to think about.
I think that Mary's situation as a newly taken-in relative obliged her to be circumspect. If she dissed the Admiral, on might understandably wonder what she might she be saying about the Grants after quitting the parsonage, probably in a year or two.
I know what you mean, her manners are really a trivial thing compared to the idea of the Admiral's morality, but as JA shows us so often, manners can be sort of a mirror of the soul or personality.
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