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Written by Tom P2
(10/13/2008 5:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wishing for war, penned by Cheryl
Wasn't it quite a turbulent time? Britain had been at war nearly all the time, since before Anne was born: American Revolutionary, French Revolutionary, Napoleonic, and America again in 1812. Prime minister Spencer Perceval was assassinated in 1812. France was unstable under Louis XVIII, and Napoleon was only banished as far as Elba in the Mediterranean. Perhaps Charles Musgrove and Admiral Croft just thought another war was inevitable, rather than hoping for one for the sake of Captain Wentworth's prosperity? But I do agree that they seem overly sanguine about his safety, and overly certain that French and American warships are merely prey! Perhaps this attitude rubbed off from Captain Wentworth himself, with his decided, confident temper (ch7).
OK, admittedly most of that history came from my current Poldark-reading binge, but for what it's worth I've checked all the above details on Wikipedia.
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