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|Thanks - I see what you mean now, Barbara, but...
Written by Line
(10/19/2005 5:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not a lack and not a refusal, penned by Barbara
...I'm not sure I can make such a delicate distinction. ;-) IMO there is nothing "wrong" with Anne's reason for refusing to share her feelings - she just knows very well they won't be appreciated, but that still counts as reserve in my book. At the end of ch.17, we have this:
[Anne] felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped.
The description at the end is of Mr. Elliot, but doesn't it sound like Anne as well? Among her father's household, especially, I'm sure that *her* presence of mind never varies (in the sense of making her say something she might regret later) and her tongue never slips!
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