Excellent scholarship! More on Anne's romantic streak
Written by JennyAllan
(10/8/2005 6:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Giaour, penned by Barbara
You get an "A." Yes, that is very gloomy and suicidal stuff. No wonder Anne recommended a "larger allowance of prose." You are right, it's not really the sort of thing that's terribly healthy for her either.
Yet, Anne has made it this far. As JA describes, she has had to learn romance as she's gotten older. I wonder if her love of poetry and the quiet indulgences and walks in Autumnal woods have been the thing that's kept her going all these years.
She would never go in for the sort of suicidal, all-day weepathons of a Marianne Dashwood, but to occasionally allow herself a little wallow in romantic poetry might have a cathartic effect and it would certainly be more interesting than the typical conversation at Kellynch. I think Anne's measured dosage for Benwick, comes from experience. She knows how much of that she can take before being overcome with depression and haunted continuously by gloom. Moderation is the key and it's funny that she reminds herself of this at the end of the chapter, because lately, we know she's been indulging quite a bit.