Posted by Golda on May 15, 1998 at 16:17:49:
In response to Fanny's Choice, written by Xenia on May 15, 1998 at 14:51:19
] ] I like Edmund - he's the kind of guy you could really rely on in an emergency but I've never thought he was fit for an Austen heroine. I think if JA had reformed Crawford, if Mansfield had cured him as Mrs Grant hoped, he might have been a better deal. Might have been.
] I wish Fanny had been allowed to expand a little, escape Mansfield and be something other than Edmund Bertram's greatest fan.
I don't see why Edmund is such a bad guy. Is it because he is blind to Mary Crawford's deficiencies? Who among us is so objective or so lucky when it comes to love? I'm sure many of us had a few clinkers :). Is it because he doesn't stand up enough for Fanny when the rest of the family treats her ill? He is the one who arranged for her to have a horse when the money supposedly couldn't be spared. He is the only who ever thought of her feelings and looks after her. Or did he not do enough? Do you not forgive him for lending Fanny's horse to Mary, and leaving Fanny standing about waiting for her turn.
Some of you have frightened me about starting ugly battles about MP, so only kind opinions and responses please.
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