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Written by Moni
(10/14/2008 5:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perfect and glorious at 29..., penned by MarianneR
CH. 5 -
" "My dear Mary, recollect what a comfortable account you sent me of yourself! You wrote in the cheerfullest manner, and said you were perfectly well, and in no hurry for me; and that being the case, you must be aware that my wish would be to remain with Lady Russell to the last: and besides what I felt on her account, I have really been so busy, have had so much to do, that I could not very conveniently have left Kellynch sooner."
"Dear me! what can you possibly have to do?"
"A great many things, I assure you. More than I can recollect in a moment; but I can tell you some. ***I have been making a duplicate of the catalogue of my father's books and pictures. I have been several times in the garden with Mackenzie, trying to understand, and make him understand, which of Elizabeth's plants are for Lady Russell. I have had all my own little concerns to arrange, books and music to divide, and all my trunks to repack, from not having understood in time what was intended as to the waggons. And one thing I have had to do, Mary, of a more trying nature: going to almost every house in the parish, as a sort of take-leave. I was told that they wished it; but all these things took up a great deal of time.***" "
Not much time left for mirror looking into, it appears. In the first part Mary is upset with Anne for not visiting her sooner, as her carer, and Anne has to explain herself in detail. She has to do all her own tasks as well as those of the others. Elizabeth's wants seem also laid out for Anne to take care of.
I hear what you are saying, in that Anne is not actively on the marriage market as her older sister is, but she is only two years younger, yet is called haggard by her father. This seems a bit over the top! Thanks for your comments! ;-))
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