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|The Admiral's attitude toward ladies
Written by Jenny Allan
(10/18/2005 1:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What can they be waiting for?, penned by Robbin
In my post below I maintained that though the Admiral may talk somewhat flippantly about ladies, as though one were as good as another, and they were all almost interchangable, as long as they are pretty and aimiable, it is clear that this is not his real feeling. His relationship with Mrs. Croft completely contradicts this. They have an equality and ease together that does not just happen without appreciation and real respect on both sides. I can't believe that he is unaware of the fact that he has the best possible and the most ideally suited wife imaginable. As for all other ladies besides his Sophy, he has no trouble remembering Anne's name. Perhaps its because Anne has many of the sensible and intelligent qualities that his wife has that she fits so comfortably on his arm.
I believe there is taste and feeling there buried on a certain amount of bluster, (bluster which is amusing and charming.)
The quotes you cited do point out an interesting part of his personality. He has a difficult time relating to any experience or sensation that is not exactly like his own. Maybe he truly doesn't realize how lucky he was to quickly and easily find the perfect wife in Sophy, how he won the lottery of possible outcomes in snapping up a pretty girl he barely knew and expects everyone else to have the same luck and ease. Still he has empathy. He pities Wentworth that he has had such a long time in finding a wife and wants to do whatever he can to help.
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