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|How manipulative was LR
Written by Pennie
(9/21/2005 9:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The way I see it..., penned by Aramathea
Everyone here is going on the assumption LR had to work hard to persuade Anne, and I'd always gone by that assumption too. However the text states
it might yet have been possible to withstand her father's ill will ... but Lady Russell, whom she had always loved and relied on, could not, with such steadiness of opinion and such tenderness of manner, be continually advising her in vain
It could go either way here. LR had several conversations to convince her, or Anne, upset at her father's response, went to LR for help, and LR, having been directly asked, gave her opinion, resulting in Anne thinking hard over it, and deciding to trust her friend's advice.
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