And then, by the end of the chapter, she's practically engaged to Fred Vaughn. Oh my. Isn't it interesting how practical she is about this? Not mercenary, but practical and clear-headed. She knows she doesn't love Fred, but she's decided she's okay with that. She makes me think of Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice, marrying Mr. Collins for the security he would provide. Though I think Fred Vaughn is a good deal more agreeable than Mr. Collins, of course.
I ought to have read more, for I find I don't know anything, and it mortifies me (p. 285).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Do you think Amy and Fred could be happy together?