In response to: Fanny's faith
Posted by Lea on December 04, 1997 at 20:13:05:
In response to Fanny's faith, written by gkb on December 04, 1997 at 19:02:13
] ] Perhaps I am prejudiced though, because I really do identify with the character of Fanny. I have values very similar to Fanny's. Being a Christian, I do understand why she felt the way she did about things that were going on around her.
] Yes, indeed--it is Fanny's Christian faith that gives her the strength to face up to her uncle and to endure the loss of family support in the only adult decision she has ever been allowed to make. It is amazing that she did not knuckle under to such incredible pressures!
Firstly, let me say thanks for replying to my message. It's my first here at Pemberley. I do think it is Fanny's faith in God that allows her to have the courage to reject Henry Crawford and face the displeasure of the Bertram's and Mrs. Norris. I was painfully shy as a teenager/young adult and still somewhat reserved (now in my 30's), I have to say that despite my shyness, I still stand up for what's right even when it isn't popular.
] Do you not think that Austen put some of her own experience in refusing Lloyd-Biggs into the steel that infused Miss Price's backbone?
Truthfully, I must say I'm not sure whether Jane's experience in refusing Lloyd-Biggs is similar to Fanny's refusal to Henry. I have read about the incident in several biographies, but unfortunately, the event is still too sketchy to make definite conclusions. Lastly, I guess I need to say that my father (who I said was like Fanny's father) is deceased; otherwise, I wouldn't have mentioned that fact on this board.
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