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|Maturity and parallel falls
Written by Eliza Jen
(10/3/2005 3:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Captain Wentworth and Louisa's fall, penned by Cheryl
I agree CW is thinking foremost of Anne when he makes statements to Louisa about a decisive character. He is so consumed by his thoughts of Anne's well developed, cultivated mind that he does not consider his actual audience, a young woman who has not the level of sense possessed by Anne. Louisa is immature in many ways and grows more so under CW's unwitting encouragement. He is thinking of encouraging steadfastness in important matters which have been well considered, not in folly.
Louisa is very like the younger CW who proposed to Anne. At that time Anne kept him from taking a leap which could have had disastrous results for both of them. I believe his self-accusing comments hint that he begins to see how he contributed to Louisa's fall. "Oh God! that I had not given way to her at the fatal moment! Had I done as I ought! But so eager and so resolute! Dear, sweet Louisa!"
We are left to ponder with Anne what the results of this episode may be on his own understanding. Would he have preferred Anne more resolute or just more persuadable to his own way of thinking?
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