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Written by Cheryl
(10/14/2005 12:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The balm of sisterly consolation (long), penned by Robbin
I used to think that Elizabeth was just indifferent to Anne - rude and unfeeling, but not, as you say, malicious. I changed my mind the last time I read Persuasion, and this read is just reinforcing it. I've come to really despise Elizabeth and to see her treatment of Anne as deliberately cruel, and of such a long standing that perhaps she isn't even aware of it any more. She's worse than Sir Walter - they are both self-absorbed, but her selfishness has a hard, hard edge to it.
A very nasty piece of work, that one.
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