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Written by Deborah Y
(10/13/2008 9:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I find the language appealing, penned by LeeAnne
He wasn't being catty when he said that Anne was so altered:
"Frederick Wentworth had used such words, or something like them, but without an idea that they would be carried round to her. He had thought her wretchedly altered, and in the first moment of appeal, had spoken as he felt." (ch 7)
He's shocked at her appearance, and he doesn't censor his thinking-out-loud response because he doesn't realize she'll hear about it (in which he is rather naive about women and gossip, but he has been at sea for years. . .) Even the people who see her every day have noticed that she's pale, thin, and depressed; even they worry that her altered appearance is going to hurt her on the marriage market and suspect that she's given up and settled into old-maid-hood. How much more of a jolt for someone who hasn't seen her in eight years and who has her in his mind's eye as a pretty 19-year-old glowing with happiness at requited love.
To me, what's most striking about this episode is what it suggests about Wentworth's state of mind: he reacts with rather strong emotion to his first glimpse of this woman whose power with him is supposedly gone forever. . .
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