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|Looks her in the eyes for the first time
Written by Mary Ellen
(10/6/2005 12:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Anne", penned by Cheryl
I imagine him looking her right in the eyes for the first time. Before this, if they've met each other's glance it has been with a polite countenance. Here his glance is open and reveals what he is feeling. He pleads with her to help him make everything right again. They are a team.
For the group read, I'm reading aloud to my husband. I had heard that JA would have intended her books to be read aloud, and thought this would be a good candidate since it is one of the shortest. It's funny to hear how we talk to each other after a reading. Our vocabulary changes noticeably. DH doesn't seem to pick up on the more touching moments. He was especially frustrated by the scene with the little child on Anne's back. At the part that says that Frederick turned away afterwards and Anne takes it as a dismissal, DH called out, "He's trying to be nice!"
One momen, which I have not noticed mentioned, is when Henrietta, FW and Anne are coming back in the carriage together, FW sits between the two women. JA does not go into a lot of detail about the physicality of the situation. I imagine the three of them in quite tight together, shoulders and knees touching through heavy coats. No Mrs. Musgrove as a barrier. As he turns to speak quietly to her so as not to awaken Henrietta, perhaps she can feel his warm breath on her cheek.
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