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Written by B. Michelle
(9/22/2005 9:36 a.m.)
I just re-read chapter 4, the imfamous chapter where the break-up is discussed, and for the first time was struck with something the narrator says. To paraphrase, Anne could have withstood the disapproval of her father and Elizabeth to the match, but no Lady Russell's. It would seem then that Anne pays as little attention to her family's opinion as they do to hers. It's especially stricking given the seriousness of what Anne was contemplating that her family's input would mean so little. I wonder if one was the result of another (i.e., no one ever listened to Anne, thus Anne stopped listening to the others) or if their completly different outlooks on life make it impossible for them to listen to each other, let alone see eye to eye (contrast their solutions to Sir Walter's debts).
It would seem that the dynamics of the Elliot household are more complex then it seems at first glance.
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