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Written by helena6
(9/25/2005 11:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Love and marriage, or not, penned by KateL
as a contemporary reader... I respect Anne's decision. She was persuaded out of doing something when she was young, but she did not yeild for LR's opinion at 22.
At the very least she understood herself. We hear nothing of regret (yet). So I can only assume she is still sure that her desicion was correct.
Perhaps she felt that she and Charles Musgrove were not suited to eachother. Or perhaps that she could not love him.... (Whatever the reason... FW or not).
I think at 22 she must have known what she was giving up. That is after years of living with her father and sisters. She must have thought it was her last chance and yet she had the courage to abide bu her convictions - perhaps even her gut instinct.
Where before she relied on another to direct her, with CM we can see that she was able to make desicions and abide by them. It is an obvious show of confidence in her own understanding (at least of herself if not others).
I think at that point she was closer to being the woman we meet with rather than the person FW first knew.
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