Posted by Cassia on July 12, 1997 at 16:02:55:
In reply to Re: Henry is a louse -- but a charming one! posted by Kathy F. on July 11, 1997 at 11:48:48
] ] On the first few readings I really wanted to believe that he had reformed. But, ultimately I see that he hasn't. He lets Mary talk him into going to a party that he knows he should avoid. (I wish JA had been able to include the conversation between them in the book -- I can just imagine how Mary would have appealed to Henry's vanity in getting him to attend Maria's party.) His vanity was what got him started falling in love with Fanny, but his vanity is what lost him the chance with her.
] FanFic anyone? Just because JA didn't include the conversation doesn't mean it can't be written! I'm a little preoccupied with other things at the moment so I can't write it, but I would most enjoy reading such a thing.
I've never been able to write his off as a complete louse because I think he does fall for Fanny. It isn't until he begins to look at her with true admiration that I begin to like Fanny at all. He recognises that she poceses the qualities he most needs. Then he blow it with Maria, a woman he doesn't have a high opinion of. I think he most likely kicked himself for the rest of his life.
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