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Written by Maisy
(10/24/2005 8:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I just can't view Lady Russell, penned by Kim in AK
I find this very interesting. In this GR, I have tried to be more open-minded and fair to Lady Russell than I have in the past.
Are we supposed to doubt Anne's ability to be a good judge of character? If Anne considers Lady Russell an "excellent friend," then why should we question this? Why should we believe that Anne is put upon, if we believe in all other aspects, she is a good judge of character?
She sees through Mr. Elliot and Mrs. Clay; she sees the good in Mrs. Musgrove, though she acknowledges this character's faults; she does not ignore the failings of even her own family members; she acknowledges Frederick Wentworth's qualities as well as his errors in judgment (e.g. where the Musgrove sisters are concerned).
Finally, I have to say that there is no such thing as a perfect friend or a perfect friendship. In real life, we accept our friends' faults, and find ways to work around these weaknesses because in all other aspects, the friendship and support is very meaningful to us. In turn, we hope that our friends might overlook our own human failings.
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