Posted by kathleen (elder) on September 10, 1997 at 07:17:54:
In reply to Bertramites Rule! posted by M on September 09, 1997 at 23:29:02
]. . . I do know that I wasn't once charmed by the Crawfords and always saw them for what they were. And really, if I did know someone like that, I wouldn't be charmed by them at all. They would be the ones I'd avoid at all cost. They take advantage of people and don't care what happens to them afterwards. I guess that's why Edmund and Fanny are so appealing to me, because what they know to be right is very important to them and they try very hard not to disobey that.
I was charmed by both Crawfords the first time I read MP, but I did not think the ending was forced or out of character. Neither Henry nor Mary has the strength of character that Fanny has, in spite of the fact that she is timid and they are outgoing.
I don't think I would be as charmed by a Mary in real life, but I have fallen under the spell of a Henry or two. ;-) But, these spells were always temporary; when I returned to my senses I was able to see the truth of the matter.
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