Posted by Bonny on June 17, 1998 at 21:42:29:
In response to Sir Thomas learns from his mistakes..., written by Lea on June 17, 1998 at 13:59:35
Thanks for your insights Lea,
] As far as Constanza's Continuum, I think Sir Thomas probably falls
] somewhere in the middle. He has good and bad points in his character.
] And is still "in the process" of becoming a better person.
I agree, but I'm still trying to work out specifics.
He is tolerant of his indolent wife and her dominant sister. I am sometimes amazed at his patience in dealing with these two sisters who are almost exact opposites.
True, but Lady B. is his wife, he married her,so she is entitled to his respect. I don't see evidence in MP that her vapidity bothered him. But you're right, he's not like Mr Bennet, who makes sport of his wife. I wonder if we could come up with a contrast b/w Mr Bennet & Sir T. I see some similarities in their conduct pertaining to education of their children and role in the family , different types of distance and absence.
] Lastly, I wanted to comment on Bonny's statement about the irony of
] "Fanny's rising up and becoming the moral centre of MP". This is ironic
] if she is taking Sir Thomas and Edmund as her sole guides, but they
Oh, yes. I didn't mean to imply that Sir T and Edmund were her sole guides. I think I was drawing on the idea that Edmund "formed her mind and gained her affections", and that Sir T. would think that MP was the placethat instituted her principles and congratulate himself on that score, but that Fanny was a better exemplar of the principles than both of them -- she follows her inner guide as she tells HC. She rises from being the insignificant disregarded poor relation (tho' Edmund always valued her)to the strength of MP, its "moral centre"
] Her convictions and behavior are what they are because God's eternal principles are her guides. She doesn't need Sir Thomas or Edmund to learn these. They were readily available to her on the nearest bookshelf where her Bible was. She can go far beyond what either of these men teach her, by studying God's word. Her convictions/principles/right behavior don't hinge on the guidence she receives from Edmund and Sir Thomas.
Yes, I thought about this, the way she pursues reading on her own, after first being guided in it by Edmund, Cowper & such...
] I wish I had time to comment more and am afraid my thoughts have come out somewhat jumbled. Like Constanza, I have been formulating as I write and the results may not be the best. Please be kind to my intent. :-)
] I look forward to hearing your comments.
] Hope all of you are having a nice day!
] --Lea :-)
- I agree about the irony and the similarities b/w SirT & Mr.B nfm Constanza 08:48:15 6/18/98 (0)
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