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Written by Jace
(9/21/2005 11:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne the Observer, penned by JoAnn Elizabeth
In Chapter 3, it seems as if, in the presence of her family, she is pretty silent, and when moved enough to speak, even hesitates before doing so. (An exception is her eloquent praise of the Navy.) I think no one's given enough affection and attention to her in Kellynch Hall, she must have accepted that her word carries little weight and is barely listened to. Take the pregnant pauses she takes before actually speaking.
"And who is Admiral Croft?" was Sir Walter's cold suspicious inquiry.
I think that her pauses partly relate to her being silent and insignificant in the family--as if she is making sure that she will not interrupt more important things that Sir Walter or Elizabeth might say.
And of course, though we do not know it yet in Chapter 3, but Anne's seemingly little insignificant pauses actually are very meaningful because they hint at Anne's knowledge about the navy (Hm, she seems to have done research and be updated about naval officers, eh? As she is quite knowledgeable about sailors, do you think she might challenge Mrs. Clay? ;) and her connection with the Wentworth name, which we will know in Chapter 4.
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