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|Lady Russell on Charles Musgrove
Written by Maisy
(9/19/2005 1:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Absolutely, penned by MaryAnn K.
I find the passage about Anne's refusal of Charles' proposal very revealing, indeed!
She had been solicited, when about two-and-twenty, [...] and Lady Russell had lamented her refusal; for Charles Musgrove was the eldest son of a man, whose landed property and general importance were second in that country, only to Sir Walter's, and of good character and appearance; and however Lady Russell might have asked yet for something more, while Anne was nineteen, she would have rejoiced to see her at twenty-two so respectably removed from the partialities and injustice of her father's house, and settled so permanently near herself.When Anne is age 22, Lady Russell is inclined to consider a marriage that would previously have been viewed as wanting, as being desirable, now, partly because it will remove her from her present, unhappy situation (at home with Sir Walter and Elizabeth). This adds yet another layer, don't you think?
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