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|Lady Russell: Voice of caution
Written by Ree
(9/20/2005 2:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lady Russell: Ch 1, penned by Cheryl
I have always rather disliked Lady Russell because it appeared to me that her objections to Wentworth were mainly snobbery. Having gone back and read the chapters with Cheryl's question in mind, however, I find that I can better appreciate her point. This, in particular, caught my eye for the first time: "Anne Elliot, so young; known to so few, to be snatched off by a stranger without alliance or fortune; or rather sunk by him into a state of most wearing, anxious, youth-killing dependance!" (emphasis added).
I had always associated LR with the snobbery illustrated in the first reason ("stranger without alliance or fortune") and had never really given the second ("youth-killing dependance") much thought. I must now admit that she really had a point on that score. Imagine Anne Elliot married to Wickham. It was prudent of LR to worry about the uncertainty of Anne's future were she to marry CW, and to wish him to prove his ability to support Anne before marrying her. I can also give her credit for loving Anne as well as she does.
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