Posted by Marsha on September 03, 1997 at 21:01:50:
In reply to Here, here! posted by Julia on September 03, 1997 at 06:45:53
] Though I don't believe in being *quite* so harsh on JA's judgement, I do wish Mary and Edmund had just married and took off to somewhere far away, because I don't like either of them! Edmund is like another Ashley Wilkes, mealy and spineless.
] I agree with you totally on the point of Henry's reformation. It was very uncharictaristic for him to take up with Maria. He was in love with Fanny, and wouldn't have done anything that would distance him from her. Even JA said that if it weren't for the affair, Henry would have married Fanny, and IMO, both would have been happy and well-off. And the children would not come out quite as pale...
Yes, I have always thought that the elopement was more than a little bit phoney. It was as if JA started writning Henry as another Wickham, but started liking him more and more, so that he became a very interesting person, and the situation got out of hand, and she had to do something like that at the end, because she was determined to have Edmund end up with Fanny. Since Edmund is my unfavorite JA hero, I do not like that. Mainly because he does not seem to be a man of storng emotions-they seem to be milky, like the rest of his attitudes, while Henry definitely posesses strong feelings. He is the only one that does (or that is shown to) except Fanny.
It would have been a good marriage, because his strong emotions and her srong sense of consience would have made it work-besides I think marriage to henry would have been more fun :-)
Also, they seem to have more similiarities that at first appears. They love literature, and importantly, both come from broken homes, and had unhappy childhoods (the Admiral likes Henry, but I don't think that house was very happy, since he neglected his wife, and Henry must have liked her)
Oh well, I'll get off my soapbox, but it is so nice to find that I am not the only one preferring Henry Crawford to mealy Edmund Bertram (no offence to Edmund fans)
There is a story on Derbishire writers guild, dealing with Fanny after marriage. Check it out, it's very good!
P.S. I think JA was rather appaled by passion, look at what happens to Henry and Marianne. The only one coming off ok is Darcy.
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