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Written by Jace
(9/29/2005 9:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think it could have been, penned by Tracy W
I don't doubt that Charles was at one time hurt and saddened by Anne's rejection, but I can't imagine him wounded deeply by it to be on the rebound. I see Charles as simple, boyish, affectionate and brotherly; he's not passionate (well, except for sport). I can't imagine Anne being, even at one point, "the love of his life" so much so that his future actions were "aided" by the fact that he was on the rebound.
I figure that Charles, having affection for Anne, proposed to her, and, when rejected, took it in such good stride. He gets over the pain (as, most likely, there isn't much, or at least it isn't damaging at all). He found enjoyment, and eventually love, in Mary's company, and proposed to her.
Perhaps we were meant to contrast this light, affectionate feelings Charles had--and still has, as a brother--for Anne to the deep, passionate attachment CW had for her, and compare the boyish Charles himself to the manly CW, who by the way, I think is the one who has an 8-year rebound/getting-over problem. ;)
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