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|Uppercross with him almost every day
Written by Jenny Allan
(10/3/2005 3:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Progression., penned by Lia
"He has already shown an inclination for romance and marriage with AE in '06, those aspirations are now 8 years delayed, and I do believe him (at least a little bit) when he tells his sister he is looking about, ready to make a match. I think he is casting a wide net, and Louisa and Hen are caught in it, (but turns out they're small fry, not really keepers!)"
I'm not denying that he feels on arriving to the neighborhood that it is time to settle down, but it certainly had to be a drawback to his decision to come visit his sister that she was living in their very house where he'd had his heart broken 8 years earlier. Perhaps he only reconciled himself to it, with the assurance, that she would surely be married by now and long gone, or at the very least removed with the rest of her family. I think that the devotedness with which Wentworth visits the Musgroves daily, does have something to do with wanting to avoid spending too much time in the house dwelling on the past.
"It was soon Uppercross with him almost every day. The Musgroves could hardly be more ready to invite than he to come, particularly in the morning, when he had no companion at home; for the Admiral and Mrs. Croft were generally out of doors together, interesting themselves in their new possessions, their grass, and their sheep, and dawdling about in a way not endurable to a third person, or driving out in a gig, lately added to their establishment."
In other words, he feels like a third wheel at home, made worse by the whole physical surroundings. That was my point. His visits are construed by everyone as solely in pursuit of the Musgrove girls, but I think it's quite possible that he had several motives in visiting the Musgroves so often. Since this is one of the few cases were the narrator says what FW is thinking, I think it's significant that attractions of Louisa and Henrietta don't even enter into it.
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