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|Mistress of the mansion...great analyses
Written by Lia
(10/15/2005 12:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth was never engaged, penned by Jenny Allan
by both Jenny and Robbin. Jenny's comment on the precariousness of Elizabeth's situation made me think a bit more on it-- I add only a little to say that Elizabeth has a lot more to lose in a future marriage compared to what she has known. She has functioned as mistress of a noble house and this will be hard for her to give up in any situation, whether due to Mrs. Clay's incursion or an "unequal marriage." it is perhaps not surprising she is a little picky.
One also suspects that Elizabeth may have been a bit of a control-freak. ("Nothing could be done without a reference to Elizabeth.”)
On her viciousness towards Anne: I think the nastiest comment is in Chapter 16 where Elizabeth says to Mrs. Clay, "She is nothing to me, compared with you." Even if she did not think Anne was around to hear it, what a terrible and inappropriate thing to say! --As far as the comment that "nobody will want her in Bath," I think the sense of "want" in this case signifies "need," nobody will need Anne in Bath. But even if this lessens the sting it is still wrong and hurtful to have said it.
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