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|Turnabout is fair play.
Written by Lia
(10/17/2005 8:33 p.m.)
In the first half of the novel Anne looked on while FW courted another woman (who couldn’t compare—but that doesn’t diminish the anguish), and now we finally see the tables turned on Wentworth --and I for one thoroughly enjoy it! His competition is more serious than was Louisa for Anne. Louisa was an amiable, sweet-tempered girl, and not deficient in understanding, but Mr. Elliot is a wealthy, intelligent, handsome relation.
I love the scene at Molland’s where his acquaintances (who JA seems to put there just to torment him) make it explicit:
One can guess what will happen there. He is always with them; half lives in the family, I believe. What a very good-looking man!
FW has reason to worry! But Anne is encouraging in the Octagon Room…until he sees her sitting next to Mr. Elliot, translating the Italian, conversing. One imagines that they are quite close, their heads turned towards each other, when Elliot “breathes his wishes.” And it is just after this that Anne sees FW: As her eyes fell on him, his seemed to be withdrawn from her. It had that appearance. It seemed as if she had been one moment too late… So when FW was looking at her, he had seen Anne and Mr. Elliot engaged in what must have appeared to be an intimate, personal conversation. No wonder he rushes out when Mr. Elliot recalls her attention!
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