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|Anne's character development/relationship watershed
Written by Margaret 7
(10/3/2005 9:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Directly responsible and sea legs?, penned by Barbara
I agree with Barbara's analysis. All the ladies of the party are under the protection of the gentlemen. This incident, and Line's mention of the fire-fighter/medic who is shaken by the injury of a family member, puts me in mind of the prohibition against physicians treating members of their own families. there is a relationship and responsibility here that Wentworth doesn't have with his crew.
The incident also serves to spotlight Anne under pressure. She is the one they all turn to instinctively, she guides them all wisely. Immediately afterward, CW is urging that Anne be the one to care for Louisa. this is an aspect of her character he is greatly impressed by. How much more impressive is Anne's behavior when she is seen doing what battle-hardened Navy veterans cannot? The contrast compunds the value of the scene.
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