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|What does Lady Russell want for Anne?
Written by Maisy
(9/20/2005 11:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, she was looking out for Anne, penned by KateL
]It's telling how she passes over Anne's dislike of Bath as "prejudice and mistake" because "Lady Russell was fond of Bath in short and disposed to think it must suit them all" and follows it up with reasons why Bath will be good for Anne.
Lady Russell is indeed fond of Bath, but she is correct about what Bath has to offer to a woman in Anne's situation:
Sure, these are the things that LR wants for Anne, but they are also appropriate for the time and place (and society) in which Anne and LR live. In that, I cannot fault LR for wanting these things for Anne. She has first-hand knowledge of the lack of stimulation Anne has at Kellynch and has also witnessed Anne's loss of bloom.
]Anne knows her own likes and dislikes and doesn't want the same things for herself that her godmother wants for her.
Is Anne making the best choices for herself, though? Is it good that she remains in a place where she always keeps to herself? Someone with Anne's intellect and abilities needs simulation and opportunities for growth. Look at what has happened to her: she doesn't get out, her family is inferior to her intellectually and emotionally, and she has lost her bloom. Frankly, her situation isn't a healthy one. It may be what Anne wants, but it might not be what is best for her. Yes, Anne is entitled to make her own decisions about her own life. However, sometimes people need a little push from a caring friend to get them out of a sedentary funk.
]Good intentions and lack of perception are a dangerous combination.
My point in posting this reply is to show that this same reasoning can also be applied to Anne herself.
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