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Written by Cheryl
(10/5/2005 2:52 a.m.)
This bit really struck me this time, I don't think I ever really noticed it before. Captain Wentworth really went to almost heroic lengths to be with Captain Benwick to break the news of Fanny's death and to help get him through it.
"...travelled night and day till he got to Portsmouth, rowed off to the Grappler that instant, and never left the poor fellow for a week. That's what he did, and nobody else could have saved poor James." (ch 12)
That last sentence is what caught me: "nobody else could have saved poor James." Saved him from what? An attempted suicide? Or just in general saved him from being all alone in the depths of despair?
But, what a great testament to friendship this little story is. A person who counted Frederick Wentworth his friend had someone he could rely on. I know Anne is the kind of person who would take joy in this knowledge, but it must have been a bittersweet joy, for she once had that kind of friendship with him, and now does not.
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