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Written by Robbin
(9/22/2005 4:38 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Persuasion, penned by Chris DS
Actually I think along the same lines as you do. I do not think Anne would ignore her father but it might be safe to say that the argument of rank and the idea that it would be a “degrading alliance” would not carry much weight with Anne. The first, rank, because she does not hold it to the same extremes as Sir Walter and Elizabeth or she could never have fallen in love with CW in the first place. Second, Anne believed in CW and had not the same fears of financial hardship or otherwise, for herself which LR does.
“But he was confident that he should soon be rich; full of life and ardor, he knew that he should soon have a ship, and soon be on a station that would lead to every thing he wanted. He had always been lucky; he knew he should be so still. Such confidence, powerful in its own warmth, and bewitching in the wit which often expressed it, must have been enough for Anne…”—Chapter 4
I think in the rush of youth and love, Anne could have followed though with it except for LR’s added condemnation of the engagement—she could not hold out against her because she loved her.* I believe LR, because Anne lets herself be persuaded, sets the course of Anne’s life for the next seven years and we must consider if it was a bad thing to be thought of as only a delay of Anne’s happiness or was it ultimately a good thing as it shapes and matures both of them into the people we meet.
* I have more thoughts on LR’s persuasion but do not wish to repeat. Post # 14590
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