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Written by Line
(9/22/2005 6:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 4: Anne's sadness, penned by Jessica Michelle
...is more the opposite. It doesn't say that Anne had hardly anybody to love *her* (although that's certainly true), but that *she* had hardly anybody to love. Further on in ch.4, we are told that LR thinks Anne would be particularly suited for marriage and motherhood because of "her warm affections". For a person with a lot of love to give, it can be almost as painful not to have someone or something to give that love to, as not to be loved in return. I think it also says something about the Elliot family - not only don't Sir Walter and Elizabeth love Anne, but they have no use for *her* love, either. It's as though the chilly narcissism that envelops them is quite sufficient to their needs.
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