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Written by Moni
(10/8/2008 10:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I was thinking just this..., penned by Rae
CH. 2 "***But the usual fate of Anne attended her, in having something very opposite from her inclination fixed on.*** She disliked Bath, and did not think it agreed with her; and Bath was to be her home."
It's fascinating and valid that Anne's ideas are so different from the others, and she seems to choose the smaller house, rather than be relocated to London or Bath, the latter of which she disliked. I can't help but think her choice was guided by a liking for her present locale, more than the size of home, perhaps? Maybe all she could hope for in the area was a smaller house?? It does sounds unreasonable, I agree, and she ought to have know the idea would not have been accepted, IMO.
Focussing on Anne, and who values her and who doesn't, it is highlighted very early on in the novel, that she has a history of getting the opposite of what she really wants. In this way, perhaps her suggestion was more coming from knowing she was going to be destined for less, knowing she would have to go somewhere she intensely disliked?
Her suggestions were ignored by her father, as were Lady Russell's, so perhaps her wish was mute from the outset and she knew it? In this way, it can be seen Anne's wishes aren't valued by her father. Lady Russell values her enough to seek her opinion, where it is clear no-one else does. She seems an ally for Anne in this way, even if it is ineffectual.
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