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|Raffling himself off?
Written by Rae
(10/13/2008 1:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The chapter seven parts..., penned by Moni
Do you mean the bit about any woman between fifteen and thirty? Hmmmm, I do not think we are meant to take any of that seriously - he knows he is worth more than that and, be fair, he is talking privately to his sister!
Do not get me wrong, I think the effect of what he says and does on Anne is excruciating, and it does make you wonder how someone who she could have loved and respected could behave in such an apparently (to us who know the story) callous and thoughtless manner. Even if he does want to settle down and is prepared to take less than he might once have wanted, he does not have to plump for the first pretty girls he meets. He is a (reasonably) rich, handsome, war hero - he could go almost anywhere and find a wife. So what's going on? Why does he not feel embarrassed, at the very least, to be wooing what is effectively her sister in law?
On the other hand, Charles settled pretty quickly for her actual sister!
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