Originally Posted by issybird
Really, I can't forgive Austen for what she did to Henry. He had all sorts of bad traits, but he wasn't stupid.
I think that Austen's opinion of Henry shows clearest in how he behaves as the owner of his estate. She characterises her "dream man" like Darcy or Knightley as consumate landowners who care a great deal for the people there and the land. But on this account Henry fails thouroughly. He makes some lame tries when he courts Fanny but normally he neither doesn't spend a lot of time there nor doesn't care a lot what's happening there.