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|Lady Russell's dislike of Wentworth
Written by Cheryl
(10/25/2005 12:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes..., penned by BarbaraB
After Anne learns of Mr Elliot's true character, she is anxious to talk to Lady Russell, though it is put off for several days. But I think this passage in ch 22 very telling about the state of Anne's relationship with Lady Russell:
"She must talk to Lady Russell, tell her, consult with her, and having done her best, wait the event with as much composure as possible; and after all, her greatest want of composure would be in that quarter of the mind which could not be opened to Lady Russell -- in that flow of anxieties and fears which must be all to herself."
She wants to talk to and consult with her about Mr Elliot - but she doesn't want to talk to her about what is most pressing on her heart and mind - namely Frederick. There is that part of her "which could not be opened to Lady Russell." She has to keep her feelings from her dearest friend, for she knows Lady Russell won't be recpetive to them, won't value them. This, I find very sad and telling about the state and depth of their friendship and is a huge strike against Lady Russell for me.
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