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Re: Cannot change his character?

March 25, 2015 07:43PM
Rose,

Re your comment:

> I think that if Fanny had been responding
> better than it would have been more lasting though
> considering how he turned out, I do not blame her
> for her reaction.

It's interesting to speculate on what might have been. In a way, that's the basis of fan-fiction.

The thing is, Miss Austen's books, though they might not appear so at first, are pretty plot-heavy, and while her characters are always interesting, and her writing style always superb, she never indulges in the navel-gazing that marks so-called "literary fiction." Which is to say, she never lost sight of the the fact that her purpose as a novelist was to tell a story.

That said, it seems to me she planned her plots well ahead of time. That's speculation, of course, but the clockwork precision of her plots, with event following (and caused by) previous event, leads me to conclude that this was the case.

That being the case, I suspect that, in her mind, it was already set in stone that Fanny would wind up with Edmund, not Henry.

That Henry sort of took on a life of his own as she wrote the novel, becoming, not merely charming, but sympathetic, was not enough to deter her from her pre-planned plot. If it even occurred to her that a slightly more welcoming response from Fanny might have actually kept him on the straight and narrow, she probably said to herself, "But she isn't, so he won't."

Like Lady Catherine, Jane Austen formed Edmund and Fanny for each other "from their [metaphorical] cradles," and nothing was going to get in the way of her prearranged ending, least of all the villain's turning out to be someone who might actually be capable of redemption.

JIM D.
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Mansfield Park Fanny/Henry stories?

Rose H.March 25, 2015 12:52AM

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Katharine TMarch 25, 2015 02:25PM

Cannot change his character?

Rose H.March 25, 2015 07:28PM

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Katharine TMarch 25, 2015 10:30PM

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Suzanne OMarch 26, 2015 12:43AM

Totally agree with this (nfm)

NickiMarch 25, 2015 10:55PM

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Jim D.March 25, 2015 07:43PM

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Suzanne OMarch 26, 2015 01:00AM

Agreed, though

Rose H.March 26, 2015 01:37AM

Re: Agreed, though

Suzanne OMarch 26, 2015 02:45AM

Re: Mansfield Park Fanny/Henry stories?

Jim D.March 25, 2015 12:52PM

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Rose H.March 25, 2015 07:58PM

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Amy A-NWMarch 26, 2015 05:21PM

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Jim D.March 26, 2015 03:17AM

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Katharine TMarch 25, 2015 10:42PM

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Rose H.March 26, 2015 12:03AM

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Suzanne OMarch 26, 2015 02:50AM

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Katharine TMarch 26, 2015 12:46AM

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Mari A.March 25, 2015 08:32PM

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Janice HMarch 25, 2015 09:29PM

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Rose H.March 26, 2015 12:14AM

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Suzanne OMarch 26, 2015 03:09AM

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Shannon KMarch 25, 2015 02:19AM

Totally agree! (nfm)

InesMarch 28, 2015 03:13PM

I second that!

Janice HMarch 25, 2015 02:40PM

Re: I second that!

Katharine TMarch 25, 2015 03:09PM



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