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Written by Julie P.
(10/9/2008 3:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Persuading Anne – was Lady Russell right? (long), penned by Rachel G
I love Frederick. He is my favorite literary hero, but the young Frederick was too eager to take risk and, IMO, not yet ready for the responsibilities of a wife and (most likely) children. As has been said, he never saved a penny of his winnings, so what would Anne and their children have lived on if anything had happened to him?
Anne, being the daughter of a baronet, is accustomed to a certain standard of living. I cannot imagine her, as a young bride, living like the Harvilles do (or the way Mrs. Smith does), in drastically reduced circumstances.
We also need to remember that Anne cannot just go out and get a job to help support the family. If anything happens to Frederick, she runs the risk of being destitute and, given who her father is and what his attitude was towards the marriage, she would have nowhere to go.
20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing, but Lady Russell does not have the luxury of having it. She did the right thing when Anne was 19 and I really believe that Anne knows it too. Frederick may not, but Anne does, which is why she is not angry with Lady Russell.
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