Edmund, Mary, and Fanny
Posted by Tamee on June 24, 1998 at 14:32:56:
In response to First love and second, written by gkb on June 24, 1998 at 11:07:57
I agree that Mary is Edmund's first love or at least, a great infatuation, but I couldn't help but find it curious just how much time the three characters were together, and how Edmund's love for Mary seemed to grow with her appreciation of Fanny, and many crucial moments happen around Fanny (just two examples, the three walk together at Sotherton, where Mary first learns Edmund is to be a clergyman; during the play, they both come to Fanny for practice of their love scene). And throughout the book, Edmund does have a great respect for Fanny's spiritual strengths, and an appreciation (even if it does seem a little fraternal) of her physical charms. It seems as if in the presence of Mary and Fanny, that Edmund allows his to attribute Fanny's virtues to Mary's character. I would almost be tempted to say that subconsciously he grew more aware of Fanny's charms during his own courtship of Mary; that his love of her grew with his love of Mary, and only after the breakup did he begin to realize how important Fanny had become to him. However, I'm not sure how much this makes sense.
- Your points make a lot of sense to me! (nfm) :-) Lea 12:20:47 6/25/98 (0)
- Separate and together gkb 11:15:57 6/25/98 (0)
- Right tags in this (I hope) Constanza 15:42:35 6/24/98 (0)
- What an insteresting view! Everybody read the post above Constanza 15:40:07 6/24/98 (0)
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