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|Mrs Clay and Mr. Elliot....And more thoughts on P2 v. book
Written by Jenny Allan
(10/17/2005 6:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Differences between the book and P2, penned by Line
"However, in the book it's obvious that both Anne and Mrs. Clay really *prefer* walking home to going in Lady Dalrymple's carriage, and oddly enough, Mrs. Clay seems to want to walk because it means being able to have Mr. Elliot's company. "
Yes, it is a little contest between them isn't it. Odd isn't it, that Mrs. Clay wants to walk with Mr. Elliott? And in the book it's a contest Anne wins. Her shoes are judged thickest and Anne wins the arm of Mr. Elliott.
This whole scene has a totally different effect on me in the movie versus the book. I feel quite glad for Anne that for once FW has to sweat it out on the sidelines and wonder about Anne. Not that I wouldn't prefer her to be accompanied home by CW, but it is nice to see the effect this turnabout has on Anne's spirit. It is what gives her the boldness to act later on in the book.
In the movie, for some reason, my heart just breaks for Wentworth when he offers her his umbrella and then she declines because Cousin Elliot has returned (d'oh! stupid cousin Elliot). Perhaps it is the look on Cieran Hinds face at that moment or maybe its just seeing it dramatized that gives me more sympathy. I'm reminded of the comment Emma Thompson made on the DVD of S&S2, that Jane Austen is all about people having their hearts broken in public and having to suffer it in silence. How many times does that happen to Anne in Persuasion? Which lead me to wonder how many times it happens to Wentworth that we aren't really aware of because the book is not from his POV?
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