Posted by Michelle K. on August 24, 1997 at 18:03:56:
In reply to Re: ?Edmund posted by M on August 24, 1997 at 00:15:04
] I always loved his genuine, active, kindness toward Fanny, though. What is it that you love about him?
] ] Anyway welcome. I am something of a newby myself.
] ] Margie
] Thanks for the welcome!
] Hmm, I guess what I like best about Edmund is how he has strong principles (though I'm not blind to his faults), is steady and dependable and is very passionate about anything that is important to him, though of course he doesn't show it. Good point about his gunuine kindness to Fanny. And I also think that the father-like manner, that Cassia mentioned, is very appropriate for Fanny, who needs that sort of person. And how he will speak up about anything that he doesn't approve of. Oh, and to save the best for last, how he wants to confide only in Fanny, which I think is very flattering, even if she had to painfully endure his blabbering on about Miss so-and-so.
I like Edmund too. It's been hard for me to read a lot of the posts about MP, because so many people seem to think that Fanny would have been better off with Henry Crawford. I cannot disagree more. Crawford was a cad who, IMO, only fancied himself in love with Fanny because of the novelty of the idea. Edmund had to have his eyes opened to Mary's true character before really noticing Fanny, but I think that, sadly, that kind of thing happens more often than people care to think. JA says that he did cease to love Mary and started loving Fanny, and I believe her. Some people need a whack on the head (figuratively, of course), before they can come to their senses and see what's really good for them. Once Edmund's eyes were opened, I believe he really did realize that Mary was all wrong for him and the person that he really wanted had been right under his nose all along. I do not think this minimizes his love for Fanny--actually, I would imagine that in Edmund's mind it made Fanny all that much more dear to him, realizing that in his deluded stupidity he could easily have lost her.
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