Chapter 3 Summary

Fanny is now fifteen years old, and upon the death of Mrs. Norris's husband, Sir Thomas suggests that Fanny should go live with the widow. Sir Thomas thinks that Fanny's presence in his sister-in-law's life would bring the older woman pleasure. Sir Thomas is also going through difficult financial times. So by Fanny's going to live with Mrs. Norris, Sir Thomas's financial burdens would be slightly eased.

Tom, the older Bertram brother, has proven to be a reckless young man. In the process, Tom has squandered much of the Bertram estate, creating massive debts that he expects his father to pay off. Because of this, Tom has also made it financially impossible for Edmund to take over Mrs. Norris's husband's role as parish...

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