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|My Thoughts on the Captain
Written by BarbaraB
(10/5/2005 10:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Benwick suicide?, penned by Cheryl
I have to believe that Captain Wentworth knew full well the possible consequences of his action but chose his duty to 'heart/friendship' over duty to others. This is the kind of person he is, which I think, is what makes it impossible for him to understand Anne's decision thus the bitterness, anger and resentment after so many years. He chose responsiblity to a friend over responsibility to his job. Yes, as you said 'it must have been a bittersweet joy, for she (Anne) once had that kind of friendship with him, and now does not.' I have no trouble believing he would have gone to the ends of the earth for her---in fact given his life for her (a la Tale of Two Cities). Not only that, if Anne had been his fiancee, she would have been his first priority. She would have been his 'heart'. I don't believe he would have betrayed her by taking such a risk if this had been so. But there was "no Anne". I'm not necessarily saying it was the right choice but it was his choice to take the risk and live with whatever the consequences might have been, a direct contrast to Anne's choice.
As for Lady R, I still say she had the right to advise Anne but no right to pressure her. Come to think of it I don't think Lady R would ever appreciate anyone trying to pressure her into doing or not-doing something she didn't want to... Let's see....just for fun...maybe Anne would think it a good idea for her friend Lady R to marry Sir Walter (gag) so that she could have a 'mother' or just someone in the house besides the two meanies with whom she could have an affectionate relationship with... "But, Anne, Dear, what would be the point since you visit most every day?" "Lady Russell, it is not the same...besides do you want Mrs. Clay to nab him...?" Hummmmmm...... ;-)
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