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|This passage makes it hard for me to decide
Written by LouAnn
(10/13/2008 3:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne and Charles, penned by LeeAnne
Anne always contemplated them as some of the happiest creatures of her acquaintance: but still, saved as we all are by some comfortable feeling of superiority from wishing for the possibility of exchange, she would not have given up her own more elegant and cultivated mind for all their enjoyments; and envied them nothing but that seemingly perfect good understanding and agreement together, that good-humoured mutual affection, of which she had known so little herself with either of her sisters.
This is from Chapter 5. Here I think JA is telling us that Anne wouldn't trade her life and 'elegance of mind' for a 'simpler' life at Uppercross. However, she might have found that the loving family the Musgroves could give her met her needs as well, and could have been happy after all. In rereading the novel, I'm struck by how starved for affection she is.
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