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Written by Cheryl
(9/23/2005 3:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne the younger (long), penned by MaryAnn K.
My impression is that he didn't give her the chance, or if she did manage to try and talk to him about it, that he was so hurt and angry that he wouldn't listen.
"a final parting; and every consolation was required, for she had to encounter all the additional pain of opinions, on his side, totally unconvinced and unbending, and of his feeling himself ill-used by so forced a relinquishment. He had left the country in consequence."
That sounds to me like going off in a huff, that he would listen to no half-measures, it was marriage or nothing. He was a man who was very confident in his own opinions and abilities - "He had always been lucky; he knew he should be so still." and when his wishes were thwarted, his confidence in his ability to get what he wanted, he left. Not Frederick's finest hour, imo.
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