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|The times they are changing
Written by Robbin
(10/17/2005 3:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Choicest gift of Heaven, penned by Barbara
“Yet, in spite of all this, Anne had reason to believe that she had moments only of languor and depression to hours of occupation and enjoyment. How could it be? She watched, observed, reflected, and finally determined that this was not a case of fortitude or of resignation only. A submissive spirit might be patient, a strong understanding would supply resolution, but here was something more; here was that elasticity of mind, that disposition to be comforted, that power of turning readily from evil to good, and of finding employment which carried her out of herself, which was from nature alone. It was the choicest gift of Heaven; and Anne viewed her friend as one of those instances in which, by a merciful appointment, it seems designed to counterbalance almost every other want.” (Chapter 17)
I think it is also inspiring to Anne, I think this completes the rejuvenation of her sprits which started at Lyme. In the following chapters Anne no longer wishes to be submissive and wait to be noticed and she no longer wishes not to be noticed. She has that power of turning readily from evil to good. Anne is taking control of her own life; she initiates conversation with Captain Wentworth so he cannot just rush by in chapters 19 & 20. She defies Sir Walter and Elizabeth and shows him attention before they will even acknowledge that they know him in chapters 19 & 20. She even engages in conversation with Captain Wentworth at the music concert under the very unfriendly eye of Lady Russell in Chapter 20. The times they are changing.
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