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Written by MaryAnn K.
(9/30/2005 3:19 a.m.)
"On its being proposed, Anne offered her services, as usual; and though her eyes would sometimes fill with tears as she sat at the instrument, she was extremely glad to be employed, and desired nothing in return but to be unobserved."
"And he had sat down to try to make out an air which he wished to give the Miss Musgroves an idea of. Unintentionally she returned to that part of the room; he saw her, and instantly rising, said, with studied politeness --
"I beg your pardon, madam, this is your seat"; and though she immediately drew back with a decided negative, he was not to be induced to sit down again.
Anne did not wish for more of such looks and speeches. His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than any thing."
This reminds me of a phrase in one of my favorite movies, The Count of Monte Cristo, that says, "And so neglect becomes our ally."
Anne feels she is better able to deal with the pain within this neglect that she has become used to. With all this lack of attention, Anne has grown in such wisdom and steadiness of character without the influence of her family's pride, arrogance, and conceitedness. Would you agree that perhaps this neglect has been her ally?
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