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Written by Kim in AK
(10/17/2005 12:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thoughts, penned by Jace
I think that Anne's acceptance of CW and friendship with Charles Musgrove probably added to Elizabeth's disdain--not because Elizabeth was jealous that Anne was sought out, but because Elizabeth would have been revolted that Anne had such low tastes not befitting an Elliot. Elizabeth is all about consequence and appearance; Anne is all about genuineness, warmth of heart, appreciation of character--they are polar opposites in their motivations, and it stands to reason they would not be close. It would seem very inconsistent to me if the sisters were to be close, although I do think Anne wants to love her sister.
Elizabeth has made it very clear from the beginning that it isn't enough to be sought out; one must be sought out by appropriately elevated persons ("baronet blood" is the lowest she will consider). Now why she suffers Mrs. Clay's attendance is rather a mystery. She obviously does welcome toadying there; however, she makes it quite clear that someone of Mrs. Clay's situation would not be a welcome or even thinkable matrimonial match for an Elliot.
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