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|This is a tricky one. I have always liked Captain Benwick,
Written by Kalyn
(10/15/2005 2:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Captain Benwick debate, penned by Jenny Allan
perhaps because he connects with Anne and helps rejuvenate her, both physically and spiritually, during her stay at Lyme. I think we're meant to like anyone that Anne approves of, and I agree with her when she says CB will rally again, and believe he should rally again...how quickly is perhaps the question. I will address this issue again after a few more chapters--I am in danger on using evidence from further along in the book!:-)
I like your comparison between CB and Mr. E.! I think the only difference between Mr. Elliot and Captain Benwick was their choice of brides--and the amount of grieving time that everyone seems to expect is based upon that! Mr. E married beneath him, so perhaps he is not expected to grieve very long, whereas everyone who knew Phoebe Harville adored her, and Captain Benwick is expected to adore her for a certain amount of time, whatever that is...
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