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Written by Annalise
(3/9/2011 1:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane & Frank, penned by Frances G
This engagement always takes me by surprise, but then I think, "Of course!" When they met, it was most likely in a party of equals while in Weymouth. She was elegant, beautiful, and accomplished, and probably showing to her best advantage among friends.
Frank was handsome, fun-loving, with a sparkling and entertaining personality. What's more natural than for these two young and, at the time, carefree people to fall in love? Speaking from personal experience, I think it's quite common for a reserved and more contemplative person to fall in love with a charming, witty, life-of-the-party type. (My husband and I fit this description fairly closely). Also, think Darcy and Elizabeth.
Jane knew it was wrong to enter a secret engagement, but it seems like they were head-over-heels in love, and prudence couldn't hope to prevail. That's always been my take on Frank and Jane.
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