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Written by helena6
(9/25/2005 12:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, People in love..., penned by Line
If you don't have anyone, the Mrs. Jennings of this world will try and make a match.
If you're being prudent, the Mrs. Bennets of this world will fuss and push for you to get on with things.
If you're quick and sure, the LRs will advise you to back off.
I'm not sure how Austen would have expected us to react. Perhaps not much differently than we have reacted - with mixed feelings. I find my feelings on the matter are constantly changing, as I read and as I post.
For myself, I am torn between feeling badly for Anne, feeling she should have had more confidence in her own opinion and knowing that she made a reasonable and prudent decision based on reasonable and prudent advice.
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