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    Is Henry Crawford a sadist, a seducer or just misunderstood?

    In volume 2 chapter 5, regarding Henry Crawford:

    With a significant smile, which made Fanny quite hate him, he said, "So! Rushworth and his fair bride are at Brighton I understand - Happy man!"

    What does the significant smile mean? Has he shagged Maria Bertram?

    Fanny thinks Henry Crawford has toyed with the affections of both Maria and Julia Bertram. I find it difficult to say for sure. Fanny seems to think that Mr Crawford deliberately messes young ladies around. Is he a bit of a sadist? Surely, a young gentleman could be charming to young ladies without being expected to commit himself to marriage, even then.
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    The next chapter spells it out.
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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