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by Jane Austen
Edmund Bertram Timeline and Summary
Edmund is nice to his little cousin Fanny after she moves in. As an adult, Edmund remains the responsible son and plans to be a clergyman. He often speaks up for Fanny when his mom and Aunt Norris mistreat her. Edmund is intrigued by Mary Crawford and begins falling for her. He and Mary have a major debate about the clergy while visiting Mr. Rushworth's house. Edmund continues to waver back and forth on his feelings for Mary, due to their many differing beliefs. Edmund opposes the play but decides to act in it in order to avoid inviting a stranger over. He has a part opposite Mary and the two have a love scene together that they rehearse with Fanny's help. Edmund accepts blame for the play when his father returns home. His relationship with Mary continues to progress. Before Fanny attends her first ball, Edmund gives her a chain for her cross. Edmund then leaves to take his orders in the church. When Edmund returns he tries to convince Fanny to marry Henry. Edmund writes to Fanny in Portsmouth and updates her on his trip to London to see Mary. He is still wavering about what to do about Mary. Edmund then cares for his brother Tom when Tom falls ill. He picks up Fanny and Susan from Portsmouth. Edmund fills Fanny in on his break-up with Mary. Later Edmund marries Fanny and the two move into the Parsonage at Mansfield.