30 Days of Jane Austen || Favourite character backstory or secret
The Crawfords’ backstory is never shown in any of the adaptations, since it’s only described/related in narrative in the book (I use “since” loosely, as they have no problem inventing things wholesale in MP adaptations), so I dug around for a period painting that could represent it. There’s this whole sad backstory about how the young Mrs Grant loved her little half-siblings, Henry and Mary, but she was older and married shortly before their mother died; Crawford Sr was apparently dead already, and the bb Crawfords were shipped off to Admiral Crawford and Mrs Crawford to be raised within a deeply toxic household and psychologically damaged into adulthood.
I really love how it’s handled (even though I … I mean, I like Fanny in general, but I think her response and Edmund’s to Mary’s pretty mild disrespect is really awful). It’s never saccharine or even especially simplistic, it’s not an excuse, but it can’t really be dismissed either; it’s just there, hovering in the background of Henry and Mary’s relationships with each other, Fanny, Edmund, even Mrs Grant.