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Written by Cheryl
(9/26/2005 11:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Week 1: Influence of Family and Friends, penned by Pennie
But Anne didn't give Lady Russell a chance to persuade her or not before she gave Charles her answer. "... and Lady Russell had lamented her refusal; ...But in this case Anne had left nothing for advice to do." (ch 4) Lady Russell couldn't advise (or persuade her) for the deed was already done when she learned of it. Anne didn't consult her.
And, I don't believe that Anne consulted with Lady Russell about Frederick either.
"He [Sir Walter] thought it a very degrading alliance; and Lady Russell, though with more tempered and pardonable pride, received it as a most unfortunate one." (ch 4)
The "received it" leads me to believe that Anne happily accepted Frederick's proposal, joyfully told her closest friend the good news, only to find Lady Russell horrified at the very idea. I don't think Anne accepted and then went to Lady Russell to check and see if it was the right thing to do. I think she expected her friend to be happy for her and was very shocked to find otherwise.
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