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|Is the Admiral as oblivious as he seems?
Written by Jenny Allan
(10/17/2005 11:58 a.m.)
"Poor Frederick!" said he, at last. "Now he must begin all over again with somebody else. I think we must get him to Bath. Sophy must write, and beg him to come to Bath. Here are pretty girls enough, I am sure. It would be of no use to go to Uppercross again, for that other Miss Musgrove, I find, is bespoke by her cousin, the young parson. Do not you think, Miss Elliot, we had better try to get him to Bath?"
I've always felt that the Admiral was hinting a bit to Anne. Do you think he's completely oblivious or do you think he's doing a little matchmaking of his own there? Perhaps Sophy has told him that she thinks Anne would be a good match for her brother, or perhaps he's come up with the scheme on his own.
The admiral has so far given the appearance of one who is completely oblvious to the merits of all women but his wife. "Here are pretty girls enough" (recall his claiming he wanted to marry his wife on her reputation as a pretty girl.) He can't remember the Musgroves names and he seems, in his conversations, to have no appreciation for women. And yet his relationship with his wife and the way he treats Anne (he remembers her name perfectly well) tell a much different story. He likes to talk flippantly, but it's clear that he has real feeling and taste on the subject. I wouldn't be suprised if he has ideas of his own about identity of the "somebody else" whom Frederick should begin with.
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