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Written by Deborah Y
(10/24/2005 12:27 p.m.)
"Anne had heard enough to understand the present state of Uppercross and rejoice in its happiness; and though she sighed as she rejoiced, her sigh had none of the ill-will of envy in it. She would certainly have risen to their blessings if she could, but she did not want to lessen theirs."
Charles has just given her a charming picture of family togetherness -- he and his future brother-in-law happily rat-hunting, while Mr. Musgrove, despite a teeny bit of grumbling that the girls have so inconveniently chosen to fall in love with men who aren't rich, basically enjoys his children's happiness. And of course Anne is thinking how different it all is for her, and how different it's bound to be, even if she and FW can work it out: there will never be anyone to enjoy her happiness, or to welcome FW as a brother. She will always be alone in her own family.
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