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Written by Cheryl
(10/3/2005 12:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Winthrop as destination, penned by Barbara
] And, as I said I feel sure that Louisa was the engineer of this whole plan, but I wonder how much Henrietta had to say about it. It seems like she knew, but then again it also seems like she was deliberately being cold to Charles Hayter.
I agree that Louisa was the one who talked Henrietta into visiting the Hayters with an eye toward reconciliation.
But I believe think Henrietta was being deliberately cold to Hayter, but that she was in the throes of a powerful infatuation with Captain Wentworth - so charming, so exciting, so different from all the other men she's ever met - so strong that it just shoved poor Hayter from her mind.
It was only when he wisely decided to "quit the field" that she seemed to realize what her behavior was jeopardizing. And I agree that Louisa had probably prompted this realization. I can also see Louisa thinking to herself that as Henrietta is promised to Charles Hayter, that Wentworth should belong to her. Much the same way in MP Julia Bertram believes that since Maria is engaged to Rushworth, that Henry Crawford (aka: Pig) is Julia's "property" to catch if she could.
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