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Written by Moni
(10/14/2008 5:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not to be 'forward', penned by Rae
regarding Anne, but there was also the purely social thing on someone coming into the neighbourhood, as we know from other novels, too. It appears she did try to be neighbourly, and found through circumstance, she was prevented from seeing the Captain.
CH. 7 -
"A very few days more, and Captain Wentworth was known to be at Kellynch, and Mr. Musgrove had called on him, and come back warm in his praise, and he was engaged with the Crofts to dine at Uppercross by the end of another week. It had been a great disappointment to Mr. Musgrove to find that no earlier day could be fixed, so impatient was he to shew his gratitude, by seeing Captain Wentworth under his own roof, and welcoming him to all that was strongest and best in his cellars. But a week must pass; only a week, in Anne's reckoning, and then, she supposed, they must meet; and soon she began to wish that she could feel secure even for a week.
Captain Wentworth made a very early return to Mr. Musgrove's civility, and she was all but calling there in the same half-hour. She and Mary were actually setting forward for the great house, where, as she afterwards learnt, they must inevitably have found him, when they were stopped by the eldest boy's being at that moment brought home in consequence of a bad fall. The child's situation put the visit entirely aside; but she could not hear of her escape with indifference, even in the midst of the serious anxiety which they afterwards felt on his account."
I am not an expert, but I think that Mr Musgrove from the Great House calling on him first is the right thing, and then the visit was returned, etc. Anne was probably relieved, given her faded state, that she didn't see him, (could not hear of her escape with indifference...) even though she fully intended to complete the visit with her sister. If I read this right, there was the social thing going on, the country protocol, and also mixed in was the secret agenda of this momentous meeting, which only the two concerned were really aware of. She was not avoiding him in a social sense, and did not do so on purpose, but for the child's incident. I hope this is being interpreted by me correctly! ;-)
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