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Written by Robbin
(10/25/2005 4:27 a.m.)
"Oh!" cried Elizabeth, "I have been rather too much used to the game to be soon overcome by a gentleman's hints. However, when I found how excessively he was regretting that he should miss my father this morning, I gave way immediately, for I would never really omit an opportunity of bringing him and Sir Walter together. They appear to so much advantage in company with each other. Each behaving so pleasantly. Mr. Elliot looking up with so much respect." (Chapter 22)
This is kind of funny but I get the feeling that Elizabeth is sincere in her belief in this little picture of Sir Walter and Mr. Elliot she describes? Would she just say this so that she does not have to admit that she wants to invite Mr. Elliot for the evening? This picture she creates must be a sort of blindness where you see only what you want to see. Elizabeth and Sir Walter are blind to several truths as of Chapter 22.
Elizabeth is still blind to the danger of Mrs. Clay.
Sir Walter is blind as to Mrs. Clay’s intentions.
Elizabeth is still blind to Mr. Elliot’s attentions to Anne.
Is Elizabeth also blind to the fact that LR is trying to push Anne and Mr. Elliot together. Is not Elizabeth LR’s god daughter too? Is this not the chance to make a difference with Elizabeth, this is the one time Elizabeth would listen to her and take her advice—after all she wants Mr. Elliot, LR will not have to persuade her at all. LR’s must know that Elizabeth set her cap for Mr. Elliot years ago so why is she not trying to help Elizabeth to Mr. Elliot.
Sir Walter and Elizabeth were blind to the fact that when they visited Mrs. Musgrove at the White Hart their presence gave a general chill to the occupants of the room, but I dare say that they interpreted it to be deference to Sir Walter’s rank.
“For one daughter, his eldest, he would really have given up anything, which he had not been very much tempted to do. Elizabeth had succeeded at sixteen to all that was possible of her mother's rights and consequence; and being very handsome, and very like himself, her influence had always been great, and they had gone on together most happily.” (Chapter 1)
There was a little sign of affection in this quote from Chapter 1, from Sir Walter for Elizabeth, but I could not think of even one where Elizabeth shows any specific sign of affection for Sir Walter. The best I could do was to use this same quote above and say “they had gone on together most happily. In Chapter 1, she does say of Mr. Elliot that she” had liked the man for himself, and still more for being her father's heir, and whose strong family pride could see only in him, a proper match for Sir Walter Elliot's eldest daughter.” Is there any other case of Elizabeth showing affection for anyone?
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