Originally Posted by fantasyfan
Thus, I believe that Jane Austen is preparing the reader to meet, in Fanny, a very different sort of character than Elizabeth Bennett. A character who has a lot less sparkle and wit but who knows more of suffering and may well be more complex and have a greater depth than the heroine of Pride and Prejudice.
That's not difficult!
I think Fanny is more the "sister" of Anne Elliot or, in some way, of Catherine Morland.