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Written by Jenny Allan
(10/7/2005 6:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fever of admiration + a fool indeed = a dead young lady!, penned by Robbin
All the quotes at the end of your post were excellent examples of how Wentworth was communicating with Anne through his conversations with other people. To me that shows that his thoughts were really so occupied with his conflicted feelings about her that he didn't how deeply he'd gotten himself in with them until it was too late.
I don't think he's misleading them on purpose. When he talks to Louisa during the walk, he is talking in a general way about her personality. I don't see any comments that could have been misconstrued as anything other than complimentary. There are no sly references to marraige or anything to make her think that a proposal was forthcoming. Even the nut speech seems meant for Anne, even though he doesn't know she can hear him.
I agree that Mrs. Musgrove shares some blame here. The girls are very forward with him and they are never once checked or cautioned. No one in their immediate family sees the competition between the two sisters as unhealthy either, which is strange to me. You'd think someone beside Anne would be concerned that one of them was going to wind up hurt by it.
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