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|Wentworth's rise to fortune chp4
Written by Elbč
(10/8/2008 6:11 p.m.)
Captain Wentworth had no fortune. He had been lucky in his profession; but spending freely, what had come freely, had realized nothing. But he was confident that he should soon be rich; full of life and ardour, Chapter 4
Captain Wentworth, at their first meeting seems to have a very typical young man's attitude. He seems a happy-go-lucky bachelor with the freedom and few responsibilities, so that he spends freely, what had come freely'. This scares Lady Russell, I think, thinking perhaps he is in that way like Sir Walter. We learn differently, for it seems that when needed, Captain Wentworth was able to discipline himself in perserverence in attaining his goals and dreams, proving he is not like Sir Walter:
All his sanguine expectations, all his confidence, had been justified. His genius and ardour had seemed to foresee and to command his prosperous path. He had, very soon after their engagement ceased, got employ: and all that he had told her would follow had taken place. He had distinguished himself, and early gained the other step in rank, and must now, by successive captures, have made a handsome fortune. She had only navy lists and newspapers for her authority, but she could not doubt his being rich; Chapter 4
I wonder if it was his anger or self-reproach at loosing Anne because he had not been more prudent in his younger years, which motivated him in his self-discipline and advance in life - or would he have achieved the same had she accepted him?
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