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Written by Jen N.
(10/17/2005 3:11 p.m.)
There were so many instances during this reading where I found myself giggling out loud, and on the whole the chapters were so uplifting to read. The Mrs. Smith episode just shows Sir Walter's ridiculousness, and then Mary's letter is priceless. Anne meeting Admiral Croft & that gentleman's meandering conversation really made me chuckle, "there is not an oath or a murmur from beginning to end." (Chapter 18)
What I really loved, though, were Anne's reactions, No, it was not regret which made Anne's heart beat in spite of herself, and brought the colour into her cheeks when she thought of Captain Wentworth unshackled and free. Chapter 18
Then at Molland's, She left her seat, she would go; one half of her should not be always so much wiser than the other half, or always suspecting the other of being worse than it was. Chapter 19
Finally, we have the concert, Anne saw nothing, thought nothing of the brilliancy of the room. Her happiness was from within. Her eyes were bright, and her cheeks glowed; but she knew nothing about it...all declared that he had a heart returning to her at last; that anger, resentment, avoidance were no more; and that they were succeeded, not merely by friendship and regard, but by the tenderness of the past. Yes, some share of the tenderness of the past! She could not contemplate the change as implying less. He must love her. Chapter 20
And then the coup d'etat, Captain Wentworth jealous of her affection! Could she have believed it a week ago -- three hours ago! For a moment the gratification was exquisite. But, alas! there were very different thoughts to succeed. How was such jealousy to be quieted? How was the truth to reach him? Chapter 20
What impolitic cruelty, Cheryl, to leave us at this juncture!!
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