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Written by Robbin
(10/20/2005 2:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Persuasion and Lady Russell, penned by Tracy W
“Lady Russell let this pass, and only said in rejoinder, "I own that to be able to regard you as the future mistress of Kellynch, the future Lady Elliot, to look forward and see you occupying your dear mother's place, succeeding to all her rights, and all her popularity, as well as to all her virtues, would be the highest possible gratification to me. You are your mother's self in countenance and disposition; and if I might be allowed to fancy you such as she was, in situation, and name, and home, presiding and blessing in the same spot, and only superior to her in being more highly valued! My dearest Anne, it would give me more delight than is often felt at my time of life!"(Chapter 17)
I agree Anne is a very compassionate person who often considers the happiness of others before her own and I think it is rather contemptible for Lady Russell, who must be aware of this tendency, to pin some portion of undue gratification and delight to Anne’s acceptance of Mr. Elliot. However, if it were Be Kind to Lady Russell Day I might propose that Lady Russell believes Anne may be to shy or afraid to admit an attachment for Mr. Elliot and she tells Anne of her delight and gratification to assure her that she approves the match unlike when she turned on Anne seven years ago and left her stranded at Kellynch with Cold and Colder. I think this is Lady Russell’s most despicable moment because she is not only invoking her own delight in the match to persuade Anne but is pointing out to Anne that if she marries Mr. Elliot she will inherit her mother’s position at Kellynch and it over powers Anne for a moment. Thankfully, Anne is not yet willing to sell herself, even for the grace of walking in her mother’s foot steps.
“…could Mr. Elliot at that moment with propriety have spoken for himself! -- she believed, in short, what Anne did not believe.” (Chapter 17)
Note: Be Kind to Lady Russell Day does not come very often.
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