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Written by Cheryl
(9/28/2005 5:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sister Mary, penned by teri-mc
Because "endowed" is followed by a description of Anne's intelligence, the endowments, or gifts, of her mind or talents, if you will, I believe it refers to Mary's personality. My dictionary has a secondary definition of "endow" that reads: "To equip or supply with a talent or quality: Nature endowed you with a beautiful singing voice." So Mary's personality, or temprament, is better than Elizabeth's, but not as good as Anne's. ;-)
] In person, she was inferior to both sisters, and had, even in her bloom, only reached the dignity of being "a fine girl."
I take this to mean that she - her physical person - was not as good looking as either Elizabeth or Anne (before she lost her bloom, of course). Remember that earlier Mary was described as "coarse."
So, poor Mary is the least good looking of the three, but places second in the Miss Congeniality contest. ;-)
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