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Written by James S.
(9/27/2005 12:01 p.m.)
He dwells on her "timidity." Yes, he wanted her to stand up to her bully-father, and her snobby friend, LR. But, underneath, perhaps he does not think she could love him much if "persuasion" can have such an effect. Perhaps, he thinks, Anne does not realize it herself. Now, we, the reader, KNOW that is not the case. But CW does not.
So, for summary (CW's mental outlook):
-- family bullies her
In other words, according to CW, eight years ago and in the present, she is not BOLD enough to know her own mind and go her own way.
Personally, I like the Persuasion Archive material (the present discussion has also been very illuminating :)). One reader believes that CW exalts her, puts her on a pedestal. I'm swayed by that argument. If CW exalts her, he lives always in insecurity, thinking that her feelings could not possibly so strong as his. A destructive mind set, I grant you. CW is always on the lookout for evidence that she is indifferent, or is in love with love.
Also, after such a long time, CW has never heard from Anne, either. Obviously, in Regency England, women could not easily take the initiative in re-establishing a love affair. But, indirectly, he could have heard that Anne still favors him. But he heard silence.
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