Posted by Kathy F. on June 08, 1997 at 14:19:53:
In reply to henry, not that bad? posted by AnneM on June 08, 1997 at 10:56:56
] I have to differ with you both! :-) If he had been able to stick to his guns and resist Maria(the only reason he and Mrs Rushworth ran off was because he did not like her mad at him) he probably would have married Fanny. She was just beginning to feel a kindness towards him. He was attracted to her because the qualities of goodness, she was better than anyone he had ever met. I can't pull any quotes right now. But he did not IMHO, have any moral fortitude. Big negative for me anyway, and esp in 1812! He and Mary only showed remorse for being caught, not for doing anything bad!
But it seemed like JA was reforming him into a good guy. Perhaps I was overshadowed by Darcy's seeming transformation in P&P, and maybe even S&S's Willoughby. At the first he was (as we find out later) just trifling with Marian, and then he changed to truly love her.
If HC had stayed a cad, I agree Fanny would've been most miserable--as any woman should be if her husband is a philanderer. However, if he had truly reformed, as it seemed to me that he was doing, she would have been happy. In the end, we find out that he did not reform, but in the middle, it sure looked that way to me.
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