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|Lady R's Dishonesty
Written by BarbaraB
(10/21/2005 7:13 p.m.)
I approach this novel each time with the intention of making every effort to like Lady R because she is so crucial to Anne's well-being after her mother's death and on into adulthood. Even after influencing Anne to give up her engagement to FW, I hope that she will redeem herself in some manner. But each time I am reacquainted with things I have forgotten such as the scene in Chapter 19 on Pulteney-street. Lady R will not admit to seeing FW. If she had left it at that, I guess it would have been her perrogative. But she tells Anne that she was looking for curtains in a window which she had heard about from friends the night before... I feel that Lady R is being somewhat dishonest with Anne and Anne herself knows that she has not been forthright. Perhaps she was told of some curtains in someone's window but she was staring at FW and used the curtains as an excuse to cover for it. She could have said absolutely nothing. No doubt Lady R sees FW's sudden appearance in Bath as a thorn in her plans to promote Mr. Elliot as a more suitable partner for Anne.
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