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|That use of the gerund...
Written by Delories
(10/21/2005 1:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "He must love her.", penned by Cheryl
...when JA uses free indirect speech to show us Anne's thought processes in action, saying "all declared that he had a heart returning to her" -- that "returning", to me, gives the idea that Anne realises it's a process, that it's going on right as she's watching him at that moment, that he's becoming (perhaps consciously, for the first time) aware that yes, he _does_ really love her, that his "anyone but Anne" bluff isn't working anymore...
Moment like this is why we're all here, right? :-)
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