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Written by Line
(10/25/2005 5:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Persuasion, penned by gkb
As you say, Mrs. Smith really couldn't know ahead of time how persuadable Anne would be, and it wasn't her job to *force* Anne to do anything "for her own good". IMO, her responsibility as a friend was simply to tell the truth about Mr. Elliot and then stand back and let Anne make any decisions for herself, with her eyes wide open. In the worst-case scenario, Anne might have refused to listen and then blamed Mrs. Smith for being the bearer of bad tidings, but at least she would have been warned. Whatever happened after that, Mrs. Smith would have done her duty as a friend and a decent human being, IMO.
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