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Written by Robbin
(10/18/2005 7:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thoughts, penned by Jace
In the spirit of exploring others ideas:
“Such were Elizabeth Elliot's sentiments and sensations; such the cares to alloy, the agitations to vary, the sameness and the elegance, the prosperity and the nothingness of her scene of life; such the feelings to give interest to a long, uneventful residence in one country circle, to fill the vacancies which there were no habits of utility abroad, no talents or accomplishments for home, to occupy.” (Chapter 1)
I can certainly stretch enough to believe some men have previously admired Elizabeth before but that some did and do consider making an offer for her I am not convinced. I do not think there is much opportunity for meeting new gentlemen during “a long, uneventful residence in one country circle.” (Chapter 1) I do not believe Elizabeth has received any offers in the past because when in (Chapter 1) Elizabeth’s disappointment is discussed only Mr. Elliot is ever referred to—no other offers made, rejected, or potential nor engagements made, supported, failed, broken, or forbidden is noted. Well, I guess I could concede that there is the possibility that Elizabeth has been secretly engaged to Mr. Elliot like Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax in Emma. This would open up a whole new discussion on a heart worth having since Mr. Elliot’s wife has only been dead seven months according to Anne in Chapter 16. If not with Mr. Elliot then we would really have a mystery man!
“A day or two passed without producing anything. The theatre or the rooms, where he was most likely to be, were not fashionable enough for the Elliots, whose evening amusements were solely in the elegant stupidity of private parties, in which they were getting more and more engaged; and Anne, wearied of such a state of stagnation, sick of knowing nothing, and fancying herself stronger because her strength was not tried, was quite impatient for the concert evening.” (Chapter 19)
As for current proposals, I would venture to say that even though “the men are all wild after Miss Elliot” (Chapter 19) it does not signify more than Elizabeth is considered beautiful by some men in Bath. I do not think that “wild after” means all these men are actually trying to court her. It is unlikely that very many of these men are even a nodding acquaintance of Sir Walter’s and have no right to even speak with Elizabeth in public places such as the upper assembly rooms, let alone be admitted to Camden Place or one of those “private parties” (Chapter 19) and have an opportunity to get to know her—which, IMO, would kill any regard they have for her right away. So far the only gentlemen visiting Camden Place are Colonel Wallis—who is married and Mr. Elliot—who she wishes to marry. If any of these admiring men reach the sanctity of Camden Place they will most likely hit a brick wall unless they are of higher rank than baronet for otherwise Elizabeth will not be interested in them as she is focused on Mr. Elliot.
What characteristics do Anne Elliot and Fanny Price share?
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