Posted by Kathy F. on June 08, 1997 at 01:06:51:
In reply to Re: I like Fanny, too. posted by Linda on May 30, 1997 at 10:36:39
] ] ] Despite Fanny's lack of action, I like her. I like her a lot! She may be a bit of a wimp (Lizzy she ain't) but she always remains true to her principles which is more often than not more difficult and heroic than confrontations.
] ] ________
] ] Anne P -- I also like and admire Fannyl. I have liked her since my 3rd or 4th reading of MP, when I forgave her for not being Elizabeth Bennet! :-)
] Could I join you in the I Like Fanny camp?
] Not only is she non-confrontational, (is that a word?), a trait of which I approve, but she is compassionate, long-suffering (not always a virtue), forgiving, loyal and, generally, a good person with a lot of strength of character. Whew! that is a lonnnggg sentence.
I agree with the Fanny-maniac, as regards to lol, and to the fact that it was impossible--given her personality. I agree that with her life story, it was practically impossible for her to do anything but what she did. That said, she could have tried to make Edmund see sense. I guess she had never heard the proverb: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
The more I think of it, the more I am convinced that that is exactly what she should have done! She knew for an absolute fact that her cousin was going to be married to a man she did not love; she knew that Maria loved HC--the only thing that did was to make sure that she herself didn't fall for him; she saw that MC was two-faced, at worst...and she did nothing except talk once or twice to Edmund with no favorable response. She knew she was in the right in all of that, knew that Edmund was in the wrong, and was willing to let him continue in that error forever! True love??
Edmund was her only ally ever, yet she only tried a few times. Maybe if she had tried some more, she would have learned to be a trifle more forceful, and maybe--just maybe--would have gotten up the courage to talk to her cousins, aunts, uncle, or friends. Just maybe.
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