Posted by Xenia on May 16, 1998 at 17:17:17:
In response to hmmm, written by Lise on May 15, 1998 at 18:41:55
I think that JA really did intend an Edmund/Mary and Fanny/Henry pairing and then changed her mind. I agree with the critic who said that one of the great things about her was that she did not deal in fiends and angels - all her bad characters have their likeable points - but I still think that she gave the Crawfords too much potential for what eventually happened.
I also agree that Mary is a type of Elizabeth Bennet, both are light and bright and sparkling but Mary has been damaged by an upbringing that Elizabeth, for all her family's faults, avoided. Mary Crawford is one of my favourite Austen women, although she wasn't always, and I think that one of the things that alienates her for us is that she is seen out of the story with the bitter comments of a man once madly in love with her who now sees her as beneath him.
- Um, well... Stolzi 09:40:08 5/18/98 (7)
- Good Mrs. Norris gkb 13:48:34 5/18/98 (6)
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