Posted by Zoe on April 29, 1997 at 22:20:42:
In reply to Part III: Predjudice and Clarity posted by Ann on April 29, 1997 at 02:40:06
Ann, you make many excellent points. I don't think I disagree with you anywhere, but wouldn't have had the patience, skill, or insight to lay out all the arguments so persuasively as you. I don't particularly like Fanny, myself, but recognize that the good person is not necessarily possessed of all those attractive attributes such as charm, vivacity, etc.
Kali commented on Fanny and Edmund as "two people who derive their identity from the morality they adhere to" and calls them "ciphers for social-moral obsolescence" (I quote from memory, so pardon any inaccuracy). I would agree with the first part: Fanny does indeed derive her identity from her principles, but I far from thinking that it's something to be condemned I think it's to be lauded. It's those who adopt principles only externally who are found wanting. A question for Kali: If we are not to derive our identity from our principles, what do you see as an acceptable way to derive our identity? (For what it's worth, and to allay any fear that I'm attacking you, I always enjoy your witty and intelligent posts, and generally make a point of looking at comments with your name attached.)
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