Chapter 32 Summary

Sir Thomas comes to Fannie’s room. The first thing he notices is that Fanny’s room is without a fire, though there is snow on the ground outside. When he asks why this is so, Fanny tells him there has never been one since she has been there. Sir Thomas cannot believe this to be true. Certainly it is an oversight. When Fanny insinuates that it has been Mrs. Norris’s doing, Sir Thomas stops her. He defends Mrs. Norris, stating that he knows she is harsh but that it has all been for Fanny’s benefit. Mrs. Norris’s intent has always been to best prepare Fanny for the world.

After this brief discussion, Sir Thomas tells Fanny that Henry Crawford has asked for Fanny’s hand in marriage. He thinks he is delivering...

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