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|Getting away from oneself
Written by Barbara
(10/10/2005 1:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A Dressy Man, penned by Cheryl
But I really liked the idea of "there was no getting away from oneself" there. I thought perhaps there is more meaning to explore just in that comment.
In a way, Anne has had a chance to get away from herself by leaving Kellynch. In Ch. 4 we read that "she had been too dependant on time alone: no aid had been given in change of place, (except in one visit to Bath soon after the rupture), or in any novelty or enlargement of society."
She's still ashamed of her father, but the months away have given her a chance to see how really trivial his concerns are compared to people with real, meaningful lives, and she has also had the experience of being valued, listened to, admired, and more. She also got a sense of 'relenting feeling', friendship, and reconciliation from Frederick, after suffering all those years with the painful memories of their last meeting--also at Kellynch.
In a way I see her father's mirrors, funny as they are in the way the admiral describes them, to be kind of a metaphor. If a person was in a room walled with mirrors, and all you see is reflections of reflections of reflections of yourself, there seems to be no way out--nothing new to ever see or to change your perspective. In short "no getting away from oneself". Being more or less trapped at Kellynch since the break-up has been like that for Anne. Fresh perspective has done her a world of good.
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