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|The party's general happiness at Lyme
Written by Rebecca Mog
(10/7/2005 7:32 a.m.)
Before Louisa's wee tumble ;-) off the Cobb steps, I get the very strong impression that everyone in the party, both from Uppercross and the Lyme Regis trio, are truly happy in each others' company and in their situation.
Capts. Harville and Wentworth have the great pleasure of each other's company again after a long while apart.
Mrs Harville, though appearing quiet, seems to fit in perfectly and get on well with everyone.
Louisa and Henrietta have the excitement of a change of scene, of new company, and of getting to spend time in CW's presence without Mr and Mrs Musgrove. I'm sure they consider that a source of joy indeed. ;-)
We hear very little of Charles and Mary, and until the scene at breakfast, in the inn, with the whole curricle business:
'"Bless me!" cried Mary, "it must be our cousin; it must be our Mr. Elliot, it must, indeed! Charles, Anne, must not it? In mourning, you see, just as our Mr. Elliot must be. How very extraordinary! In the very same inn with us! Anne, must not it be our Mr. Elliot; my father's next heir?"' (ch. 11)
there’s also no evidence of the self-centred, needy Mary we all know and love. ;-)
As for our dear Anne, well, she gets fresh air and exercise and the admiration of a certain Mr Elliot on two occasions. She also has the attention of and intelligent conversation with Capt. Benwick, who genuinely likes her company and values her thoughts and opinions. For Anne, this situation is markedly different from anything that she's recently experienced. She's being appreciated for who she is - her unique qualities and 'very pretty looks' (ch. 11), not for her piano-playing or skill in distracting Mary from feeling herself so ill.
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