Relationships

Relationships

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  • cousin to Tom, Edmund, Maria and Julia
  • niece of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram and Mrs Norris
  • sister to William
  • adores Edmund for his kindness, morality and nature
  • is courted by Henry, who falls for her charms, and is liked (patronised) by Mary
  • dislikes the Crawfords, who represent all that is wrong with the world
  • undervalued by everyone, but that doesn't stop her judging them
  • chief role for the rest of the characters is as an easily ignored part of the furniture
  • confidante of Edmund and Mary
  • comforter of Mr Rushworth
  • Mrs Norris treats her appallingly
  • younger son of Sir Thomas, so destined for the clergy as a standard 'younger son' option
  • exceptionally kind to Fanny
  • unable to see the strength of Fanny's attachment to him
  • ardent courtier of Mary Crawford, who isn't keen to marry a clergyman, but who does still quite like him
  • very different to Tom, but still, generally gets on with him
  • in all his relationships, behaves in the way expected of an upright man
  • brother of Mary and of Mrs Grant
  • nephew to the Admiral, who is generally supposed to have ruined his morals
  • initially forms attachments with both Julia and Maria, making them both love him, then flirts increasingly outrageously with Maria, leaving her at the end of the theatricals to pine after him
  • has a very playful relationship with Mary, who indulges his fun
  • flirts with and then falls for Fanny, who, astonishingly, rejects him repeatedly
  • eventually runs off with Maria, ruining both their reputations
  • sister to Henry, and sharing in his more 'modern' approaches to life
  • falls for Edmund, endures a long courtship, but never accepts that an obscure, quiet life in the country is right for her
  • befriends Fanny and is generally quite pleasant towards her
  • her relationships are all full of light and wit - nothing serious allowed to intrude - such as Edmund's ambitions in the church, for example
    [*]head of the family [*]distant and firm - a slightly frightening authority figure in all of his relationships [*]allows Mrs Norris to indulge his children, leading to disaster for three of them [*]takes a long time to realise the strength of Fanny's merits, but is always kind to her - if in a rather distant manner [*]approves wholeheartedly of the Crawfords until Henry and Maria run off [*]can see how stupid Rushworth is, but allows the marriage to go ahead

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