Posted by Kathy F. on June 14, 1997 at 22:36:53:
In reply to Re: The ball/Edmund posted by AnneM on June 12, 1997 at 08:09:51
] I wonder if Sir Thomas had been home, if things between them would have not progressed so far?
I'm inclined to think the answer is yes. I think that the only thing that would have changed would be that Sir Thomas saw something detrimental in Mary's character. But after he comes home, they continue their relationship, and Sir T sees so little wrong with even Henry Crawford as to attempt to persuade Fanny to accept him.
The only thing that would have changed was if Edmund had taken orders sooner--much before when he did. Then she would have slowed herself down and thought better before she became so infatuated or so in love with him. And even that would not necessarily be a sure-fire "cure," because even after he takes orders, they still are together.
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