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|Chapter 10: Long walk into the looking glass
Written by Tara O'Donnell
(10/3/2005 8:47 a.m.)
This chapter reflects quite abit on the characters' desires-first off,Louisa and Hen wish to go on a "long walk" but have to get by Mary(who would raise up a fuss if no one informed her),which fails due to her insistent tagging along. Anne is caught in the middle as usual"Anne felt persuaded, by the looks of the two girls, that it was precisely what they did not wish, and admired again the sort of necessity which the family-habits seemed to produce, of every thing being to be communicated, and every thing being to be done together, however undesired and inconvenient. She tried to dissuade Mary from going, but in vain; and that being the case, thought it best to accept the Miss Musgroves' much more cordial invitation to herself to go likewise, as she might be useful in turning back with her sister, and lessening the interference in any plan of their own."
Anne,however,is even more trapped when Charles and Wentworth are added to the party and she has to endure Louisa's attentions to him(and his feelings seem mutual). Later on,when the group separates into those visiting the Hayters and those who are not(Mary again shows off her pettiness by flatly refusing to accompany Charles in paying respects to his aunt);Anne gets to
It is not surpising that Louisa is annoyed at Mary's interference and her Elliot pride but Wentworth is startled by the idea that Anne refused someone else's hand in marriage.(also not surpised that the Musgroves would've preferred Anne to Mary as an in-law)
Anne is uncomfortable enough after this"Her own emotions still kept her fixed. She had much to recover from before she could move. The listener's proverbial fate was not absolutely hers: she had heard no evil of herself, but she had heard a great deal of very painful import. She saw how her own character was considered by Captain Wentworth, and there had been just that degree of feeling and curiosity about her in his manner which must give her extreme agitation." but when Wentworth arranges her ride back with Admiral & Mrs. Croft,her low self esteem is clearly shown as she sees it as rejection,a way for him to be alone with Louisa.
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