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Written by JeannetteF
(11/2/2005 8:30 a.m.)
Some final comments:
The conversation between Captain Harville and Anne where they discuss constancy in men and women is a wrap-up of this theme. I cannot help thinking Jane Austen rewrote the ending not only to do away with any 'flatness' of plot etc. but also to contrast the constancy of CW and Anne to each other to the inconstancy of others in this story. The conversation made me go back and look at the other characters.
Affections are shifting pretty much in this story and there are a lot of 2nd choices/2nd chances.
The only constant one up until this point in the story is Anne. But when she reads the letter we know that both men and women are capable of constancy. IMO the conversation and the letter provide a grand finale and also an explanation of some sort of this novel in which constancy is an important theme. All arguments in favor of or against constancy in men or women are summed up and it is left to the reader to determine the outcome. IMHO of course:)
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