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Written by helena6
(9/26/2005 9:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Week 1: Influence of Family and Friends, penned by Pennie
Though the text does not say explicitly why the Anne refused Charles, I think it does imply it. Perhaps if Austen had revised more, she might have come up with one of her pithy little comments that seem to sum up everything. :)
Charles Musgrove was civil and agreeable; in sense and temper he was undoubtedly superior to his wife, but not of powers, or conversation, or grace, to make the past, as they were connected together, at all a dangerous contemplation; though, at the same time, Anne could believe, with Lady Russell, that a more equal match might have greatly improved him; and that a woman of real understanding might have given more consequence to his character, and more usefulness, rationality, and elegance to his habits and pursuits. As it was, he did nothing with much zeal, but sport; and his time was otherwise trifled away, without benefit from books, or any thing else.
A nice enough man, but not exactly someone with whom Anne could share an intellectual or emotional bond. He would have benefited, but he had nothing but money and a caring family to offer Anne. Anne appears to have a sweet disposition but she also has a feirce mind.
But it is very interesting that where she was persuadable at 19, she was not at 22. Although persuading someone to be prudent and not marry may be easier than persuading someone to actually do something. LR has influence, but she is not as influential as I previously thought. Anne has her own opinions about things - even at 22.
Your focus is very interesting. I look forward to hearing more. I wonder what Mary thinks of her husband and his former proposals. Did Lady Russell say anything to her?
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