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|Anne at present (longer)
Written by MaryAnn K.
(9/23/2005 3:11 p.m.)
As seen by others:
Elizabeth - Not worthy of her attention. She goes out of her way to favor an aquaintance with an obscure Mrs. Clay and communicates to all that Anne is not worth befriending. Easily dimisses her sister's feelings in regards to bringing Anne a gift from London, and I am sure, in any matter at all.
LR - "To Lady Russell, indeed, she was a most dear and highly valued god-daughter, favourite, and friend." Anne's opinion was highly regarded by LR, as seen by LR's seeking Anne's advice on the subject of retrenching. LR had hope of Lady Elliot's qualities revived in Anne.
Anne, what I have seen, has some fabulous qualities.
2. She is humble. She had to be, or she would have been driven mad by the behavior of her father and sister towards her! Also, she felt she could endure the shame of staying in the same country after quitting Kellynch-hall, with hopes of often being able to see it and be closer to Mary and LR. This meekness could be her undoing, or her strength.
3. She has matured in her opinions. And has her own, even to the point of speaking her mind, cautiosly, in the presence of her father and sister. She is not a doormat to be walked on, doesn't completely allow the behaviour of her family to define her. She speaks her opinion despite her knowledge that her family will disregard it, but doesn't speak much, perhaps because she understands that her family does not listen to reason. She also shows that she has stood on her own, deciding not to marry Charles Musgrove and not consulting LR on the subject. "But in this case Anne had left nothing for advice to do."chp4 She has somewhat withdrawn a part of her feelings from LR's exposure, and seeks her comfort on her own, in the pleasure of many strolls and sighs, as seen here in chp4, "she could not hear that Captain Wentworth's sister was likely to live at Kellynch without a revival of former pain; and many a stroll, and many a sigh, were necessary to dispel the agitation of the idea."
4.She is faithful. She still loves FW. We see it in so many different ways, from keeping up with his progress in the navy, "She had only navy lists and newspapers for her authority, but she could not doubt his being rich..", to keeping up with his family, speaking of Admiral Croft, "Anne, after the little pause which followed, added -- 'He is rear admiral of the white. He was in the Trafalgar action, and has been in the East Indies since; he has been stationed there, I believe, several years.' ", and even to noticing if FW is married, "and, in favour of his constancy, she had no reason to believe him married."
There are so many other qualities to express, but these are my favorite. Any others that you care to add are welcome!
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