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Written by JanELT
(10/9/2008 8:27 p.m.)
Wentworth did not properly appear until Chapter 4, and unable to get past this to Chapters 5-6, I will pause a moment to make commentary on his preliminary thoughts (as this is the focus of my GR reading).
- CW thought of himself as a confident man. The word "confidence" was repeated 3x (ch 4) in Anne's references to CW's outlook which means that CW had either verbally expressed it or shown it by his demeanor and behavior. Even if it was slighly overconfidence, the attribute was "powerful in its own warmth."
- CW thought of himself as being in the right. In the final argument he had with Anne when she dumped him, he was "totally unconvinced and unbending." And he felt he had been dealt a great injustice, "feeling himself ill-used by so forced a relinquishment."
- CW looked at himself with a high self-esteem. He was sure he had the ability and would soon be commanding a ship. He could also see that "he should soon be rich" and "soon be on a station that would lead to every thing he wanted." And off he went to pursue his goals. To many "I'll believe it when I see it" people like LR and SW, it was foolishness. Yes, perhaps CW was a visionary, but it would be difficult to have lofty goals if he had a low self-esteem.
Any other thoughts?
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