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|Shields up! IMO he was hiding behind a shell of aloofness...
Written by JanELT
(10/13/2008 3:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I am not persuaded yet..., penned by MarianneR
To my delight, his shell began to crack in Ch 9 when CW found himself "alone" (Charles JR notwithstanding) with Anne in the cottage drawing room.
Ch 9: "The surprise of finding himself almost alone with Anne Elliot, deprived his manners of their usual composure: he started, and could only say, "I thought the Miss Musgroves had been here: Mrs. Musgrove told me I should find them here," before he walked to the window to recollect himself, and feel how he ought to behave."
See there. He had been putting on a facade in Ch 7 and 9. His "cold politeness" was all a sham. He was terribly in love with Anne, and meeting her again after 8 years was quite earth-shattering and he was merely trying to deal with it in his own way. I can see what a tremendous impact Anne had on him.
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