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Written by JulieW
(10/14/2008 6:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not to be 'forward', penned by Rae
Let me explain further:Anne is being a perfect lady in the circumstances. She is not presuming on a previous close relationship. She is waiting for him to set the tone. She has already been given notice that Wentworth wants to avoid her:
Anne understood it. He wished to avoid seeing her. He had enquired after her, she found, slightly, as might suit a former slight acquaintance, seeming to acknowledge such as she had acknowledged, actuated, perhaps, by the same view of escaping introduction when they were to meet.
At that dreadful "first" meeting at Uppercross Cottage "her eye half met" Wentworth's,I agree. But what did she see in his eye during the nano second that that half glance took? A smiling invitation to renew their friendship? No. He is registering at this time that her face had altered beyond recognition. Not really encouraging for a well brought up, depressed put upon woman who has lost her bloom, confidence and only connection with someone who once understood her.
I'm not at all surprised she retreated as far as she could into her own skin.In the same circumstances I think I would have crawled bak in their with her.
Now I will cut hima little slack because seeing Anne so altered MUST have affected him,because I agree his comments about her apperance are not made in a sprit of malice but in shock.....but what does he do next?
Does he take the next opportunity to engage her in conversation,gently talking over past times and settling matter between them?
He had many pportunites so to do. For example, the dreadful scene at the piano at the Mansion House. The piano at Kellynch , where Wentworth was the only person to listen to and appreciate Anne's playing, for no one had done so after the death of her mother was,IMHO, an important place in their relationship. But does he then take the opportunity to talk to Anne when he is picking out a tune. Nope.
I don't think w will ever agree on this: but I think the initiative socially was his: he knows Anne is not a forceful woman but a gentle soul .He can see she is emotionally and physically altered. And put upon. And he doesn't ever engage her in a meaningful conversation....?Badly done Frederick, badly done, indeed.
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