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|JA and romance
Written by Tracy W
(10/27/2005 10:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Smith again, penned by Deborah Y
In Chapter 21:
Very flowerly language. But JA immediately follows it with:
This passage always makes me smile. It stops Persuasion from being sickly-sweet. Anne has stayed single for 8 years, but it's implied at the first that a second attachment would be the most natural cure (from Chapter 4: No second attachment, the only thoroughly natural, happy, and sufficient cure, ...
Anne gets poetically despondent about autumn and lost loves, JA introduces the farmer meaning to have spring again. Anne moralises to Captain Benwick, and then shortly reflects that that, like many other great moralists and preachers, she had been eloquent on a point in which her own conduct would ill bear examination.
And, as you say, Mrs Smith retains her happiness despite her sudden acquistion of relative wealth.
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