Posted by Cassia on May 22, 1997 at 18:02:36:
In reply to Yikes! Fanny as a pillar of strength posted by Sherry on May 22, 1997 at 15:55:12
] Having recently de-lurked. I might as well get this out of my system. Good things happen to Fanny (if you call Edmund good) in spite of her not because of her. I can't remember anything she did to help herself other then freak out over the Crawford proposal, and refuse to be bullied into it. Spiritless,vapid and dull. That's our girl Fanny.
] To Cheryl.... How's that? Thanks for the welcome too.
I wouldn't call Fanny a pillar of stregnth but she does have more iron in her than the people around her would suspect. The only person who ever gets the best of her is Aunt Norris. Fanny has the surest moral compass of all the characters in the novel. She disapproves of the play, and her cousin's marriage to whatshisface, the owner of Southerland.
Still, none of this really hits you until you've read the novel twice, which is why people tend not to admire her today but the Victorians loved the girl.
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