"Fanny Price was a wet hen with all the vivacity of a damp dishcloth." "He [Edmund] spoke to Mary like she was filth, just because she had more mercy on Maria than he did. Even though Mary was willing to sacrifice her own brother’s happiness to save Edmund’s sister from ostracization, based on nothing more than Mary’s warm feelings for the Bertram family, he threw her offer back with excessive rudeness and condemnation."While Lona was quick to defend Fanny and retorted that Mary was using Fanny for her own ends:
"Fanny is an audience, not a confidante, for Mary." "I would argue that Mary is often insincere."Then, on Tuesday the question was - "Was Fanny Price sweetly timid, or a backstabbing brat?" Lorna argued that Fanny had no choice but to show some reciprocal friendship for Mary, despite not feeling warmly towards her. "Given the difference in their ages, social situations and most importantly, the force of their personalities, how was Fanny going to look Mary Crawford in the eye and say, “no thanks, let’s not be friends”? What ought she have done?" Kyra on the other hand thought that Fanny had no problem upsetting people's expectations of her when she wanted to, and for that reason was more backstabbing than timid: "She was pressured by people she respected to wed Henry Crawford, too, but she found the wherewithal to refuse that. Agreeing to write Mary was above and beyond polite return visits, too. Letter writing was a serious business, and the Regency equivalent of pledging friendship (not mere acquaintanceship) between two young, unmarried women. If they had been older, married ladies then letters would have been less of a big deal. Fanny knew she was implying a friendship that simply wasn’t there." We'll be sure to let you know in the next Jane Austen News post how the rest of the week of debates goes.
- Tea is currently a $21 billion industry in the U.S.
- A recent poll found that, for under-thirties, coffee and tea are equally popular beverages.
- 85 percent of Millennials prefer to drink iced tea, which has resulted in a variety of cold tea products being sold.
- Since 1998, high-end restaurants such as the W Hotel in New York City began to train and hire tea sommeliers. Today, other establishments have followed suit by rolling out special tea pairings with their menu.
And Finally... We know how excited our overseas fans have been to receive their own Jane Austen £10 notes, and to add to all this excitement, the Jane Austen Centre has just received its own special £10 note! The note AA01 001775 is now with us and will shortly be going on display in the exhibition!
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