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Written by Katharina
(9/23/2005 7:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Lady Russell Question -- a Question, penned by Annette J.
the economic and social position of a modern (female) teenager is completely different from Anne's situation. Pouty resistance to adult advice was definitely a luxury few could afford - though probably not unheard of. Marriage was more than a matter of the heart as it had to provide social and financal security and insurance to a young woman. In that respect LR would have neglected her duty towards Anne and her late friend had she not interfered. And Anne had nobody else to turn to for advice, apart from Mr. Elliot's short-comings as a father it's my understanding that in these matters women were considered 'experts' so Anne had only Elizabeth and LR to ask for guidance and we all can see how 'helpful' Elizabeth was (to be fair she was too young).
I find it hard to condemn LR for her interference, not even for the direction her counsel was taking - but the foundation of that counsel was wrong. The idea that 'Anne could do better' was snobbish whilst to advise prudence in view of Captain Wentworth's prospects was justified. In my opinion LR got carried away by placing too much emphasis on matters of rank and position and therefore her advice went too far - otherwise she could have asked for a prolonged engagement as others have suggesten in a thread below.
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