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|Anne gets the best of both worlds
Written by Jenny Allan
(10/13/2005 10:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What's so lovely about this scene, penned by Rebecca Mog
I've been to holiday gatherings like this, where the children had too much sugar and were just allowed to run amuck. It can be delightful for a little while, but it would exhaust even the most enthusiastic participant after an hour or two, I'd think. After that I'd much prefer to be sitting quietly by the fire sipping cocoa, reading a volume of poetry at Lady Russell's house. Anne really gets the best of both worlds here on Christmas, and the cream being that she doesn't have it spend a minute of it with her sister and father.
I can see both Mrs. Musgrove and Lady Russell's point. After the depressing month she's had either in Lyme or in her mostly empty house, Mrs. Musgrove has the right to want a bit of noise and laughter around her again. And Lady Russell, leaving on her own with no children of her own, probably has zero tolerance for that sort of "domestic hurricane."
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