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|Frederick before meeting Anne
Written by Cheryl
(9/26/2005 12:05 a.m.)
I can't help but wonder what was going through Frederick's mind when he learned that his sister was to live at Kellynch. And when he learned that Anne was at Uppercross, what did he feel? His spirits seem blithe enough - all are charmed by him. But when he went to take dinner with the Musgroves, he must have been expecting to see Anne there. Was he relieved that she wasn't there after all?
There are hints in the text that Frederick is very aware of Anne and her feelings when they do meet. The morning he and Charles go out shooting, they were to take breakfast at the Cottage, but "somehow, they hardly knew how, it ended in Charles's being to meet him to breakfast at his father's." (ch 7) Was Frederick putting off meeting Anne? Or was he just insuring that he wouldn't have to spend a prolonged amount of time in her company?
And then he makes sure that Charles runs ahead to tell Mary that he was stopping by for a few minutes. "Captain Wentworth would not be satisfied without his running on to give notice." (ch 7) He was, of course, warning Anne, not Mary, of his impending arrival. Why? So she could prepare herself? And what does this say of him, that he would think of such a thing?
I so want to imagine that he was suffering under some emotional strain - we know that Anne was! - but I do wonder what he was experiencing in this time leading up to The Meeting.
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