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|No apologies, no resentment
Written by Maisy
(10/25/2005 11:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Smith as a true test of Anne’s charitable nature...and ours?, penned by Mia I.
I don't think one must necessarily fall into either category about either character (apologists, resenters). I see myself more as an accepter, because I accept Anne's opinions and evaluations of her "excellent friends," just as she accepts them as they are -- warts and all.
]Anne seems to be admiring both Mrs. Smith and Lady Russell despite realizing their weaknesses. Who among us readers feels the same?
Well, none of my friends is perfect either. Should I give them all up? I would rather overlook their faults (as I hope they would mine), and continue my relationships with them that have, in many other aspects, been very gratifiying to me. Anne does the same. It is possible to do so without feeling the need to apologize for their faults, and without resenting them, either. It's simply acceptance. :-)
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