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|"He must love her."
Written by Cheryl
(10/21/2005 3:04 a.m.)
The conversation when they finally have the chance to discuss the events of Lyme is so revealing. When Frederick, ostensibly speaking of Benwick, says that a man does not recover from such a woman:
"He ought not - he does not." with such feeling. How can she not believe he speaks of her as well? ooooh! She was "beginning to breathe very quick, and feel an hundred things in a moment."
As Anne reflects on "his expression ... his manner and look ... all, all declared that he had a heart returning to her ... She could not contemplate the change as implying less. - He must love her."
Wow. Our sensible, logical Anne takes the evidence before her and comes to the correct conclusion: He loves me. I'm so impressed. I don't know that I could have thought so clearly were I in her situation. But how delightful.
I've read Persuasion a hundred times, and these scenes between Anne and Frederick in Bath never cease to amaze me and give a little flutter to my heart. Such joy, after so much pain! Now, if only she can convince him that he has no cause to be jealous of Mr Elliot! ;-)
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