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|It does remind one
Written by Mary Ellen
(9/28/2005 8:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Giving up the chair at the piano, penned by James S.
"So altered that he should not have known her again!"
Now what is that supposed to mean?!
The narrator goes onto say: Frederick Wentworth had used such words, or something like them, but without an idea that they would be carried round to her. He had thought her wretchedly altered, and in the first moment of appeal, had spoken as he felt. He had not forgiven Anne Elliot. She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse, she had shewn a feebleness of character in doing so, which his own decided, confident temper could not endure. She had given him up to oblige others. It had been the effect of over-persuasion. It had been weakness and timidity.
But, we do feel some doubt to whether he knows his own mind or not. He's upset. But he is so aware of her presence that he jumps up from the piano when she appears. Is he really honest with himself?
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