The Fanny Dispathing Essay
Posted by Cassia on November 06, 1997 at 14:12:00:
What are we to do with Miss Frances (Fanny) Price? She evokes such strong emotions in both her sympathyzers (that must be misspelled) and her detractors that no room is capable of maintaining any semblence of peace once her name has been introduced. the thing Fanny-haters loathe most about the girl is her conformity to the feminine ideal of nearly two centuries ago. She is frail(poe would have really gone for her), dependant, passive, gentle, conformist, humble, deferential and most likely kind to children and small animals; too much the paragon by far. It is difficult for many of us to like Fanny on her merits for we don't see her combination of charactistics as being meritorius, her lack of aggression or even mere assertion is cloying. She seems another of species altogether from today's woman.
Oh how happy we will be when she decides to face the threat of Mary Crawford head-on! We will rejoyce in the return of the new, improved Fanny.
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