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|Recalling & Foreseeing
Written by Robbin
(10/31/2005 12:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The cancelled chapters, penned by Cheryl
“With all this knowledge of Mr. E---- & this authority to impart it, Anne left Westgate Buildgs -- her mind deeply busy in revolving what she had heard, feeling, thinking, recalling & forseeing everything; shocked at Mr. Elliot -- sighing over future Kellynch, and pained for Lady Russell, whose confidence in him had been entire. -- The Embarrassment which must be felt from this hour in his presence! -- How to behave to him? -- how to get rid of him? -- what to do by any of the Party at home? -- where to be blind? where to be active? -- It was altogether a confusion of Images & Doubts -- a perplexity, an agitation which she could not see the end of.” (Cancelled Chapter 10)
I think the rewrite of the summing up of Mrs. Smith’s revelations is very much better; it lays out Anne’s thoughts much clearer and covers more of the foreseeable problems. I am glad the worry about Kellynch, a place; was left out as it seemed a little unnecessary as we have been told many times Mr. Elliot is sensible and practical. I think the rewrite also shows a more decisive Anne; she understands Mr. Elliot now and has no use for him, not even as an object of pity. She is also very clear in her worries for Lady Russell, Elizabeth and Sir Walter and I think her main objective is to talk to LR and see if anything can be done to lesson the pain to the others although she does not really think that there is. That events prevent her from informing LR right away does not lessen the fact that many of her first thoughts were concern for others. It also again shows that Anne is grateful to Mrs. Smith and even calls her revelations a reward. Once again Anne is not overpowered.
“Anne went home to think over all that she had heard. In one point, her feelings were relieved by this knowledge of Mr. Elliot. There was no longer anything of tenderness due to him. He stood as opposed to Captain Wentworth, in all his own unwelcome obtrusiveness; and the evil of his attentions last night, the irremediable mischief he might have done, was considered with sensations unqualified, unperplexed. Pity for him was all over. But this was the only point of relief. In every other respect, in looking around her, or penetrating forward, she saw more to distrust and to apprehend. She was concerned for the disappointment and pain Lady Russell would be feeling, for the mortifications which must be hanging over her father and sister, and had all the distress of foreseeing many evils without knowing how to avert any one of them. She was most thankful for her own knowledge of him. She had never considered herself as entitled to reward for not slighting an old friend like Mrs. Smith, but here was a reward indeed springing from it! Mrs. Smith had been able to tell her what no one else could have done. Could the knowledge have been extended through her family? But this was a vain idea. 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.” (Chapter 22)
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