Posted by Barbara on June 11, 1997 at 15:57:58:
In reply to The ball posted by Anne P on June 11, 1997 at 08:41:28
] Edmund could be the first Austen hero that I think is a complete fool.
I've got to agree with you there. Well, maybe not a complete fool, but certainly acting with less good sense than many of the other heros.
I find it so funny that Mary Crawford makes this big speech about people getting "taken in" by the charms of someone they want to marry or do marry. She makes this speech when she first comes to stay with her sister, but by this point in the story, it is quite clear that this is what is happening to Edmund. He is being completely taken in and he can't even see it.
Also, in the play Lovers' Vows, one of the speeches that Anhalt (played by Edmund) gives to Amelia (played by Mary) is to the effect that two people whose outlook on life is basically "at variance with each other" can look forward to a life of misery if they decide to marry. Edmund is such a dolt that he can't see that this is exactly the roaded down which he is headed at great speed.
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