Edmund only rescues Fanny from the squalor when he needs her help in a crisis. For weeks and weeks Fanny waits. Fanny is a child when the novel starts and has to grow up in many ways. Edmund loves Fanny as the sweet and loyal cousin she is. Edmund is six years older and thinks he loves another woman. He does not love her romantically, however. It’s not, however, as though Fanny is invisible to Edmund: she is his friend and his confidant at this stage of the story. (Shades of Willoughby!) When poor Fanny gets booted back to her squalid family home, Edmund promises to write but never does.