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|In defense of both ;-)
Written by Jace
(10/10/2008 10:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In defense of Wentworth :-), penned by JanELT
I've always thought that neither stand is more correct than the other. I think that the clashing viewpoints and subsequent actions of Captain Wentworth and Lady Russell are both, in their own different ways, justifiable.
Given their characters and the circumstances, Lady Russell and Captain Wentworth acted the best they could.
Captain Wentworth truly loved Anne passionately. He wouldn't have engaged Anne's heart without a formal commitment, yet he also wouldn't have left for sea without making his feelings known. What Patricia P suggests below is probably the most sensible solution. But Frederick is spirited, confident, impulsive and fearless, and these traits that made him such a brilliant young man were the same traits that made it impossible for him to take that action.
Lady Russell's actions, as has been mentioned, are sensible and done in good faith and with love. Any worthy mother (or mother figure) would also advise and exercise caution and restraint under such circumstances. As to the soundness of a long engagement... maybe later on we'll be able to discuss that. :)
All in all, I cannot categorically say that one is correct and the other is wrong. I understand where each is coming from and see from their different points of view. Which only goes to show how these characters are so well-developed and realistic. (Brava, Jane! Brava! :)
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