One would wish that CW were a more mature and generous nature all around, but he isn't. Somewhat like a hurt little boy who still feels the sting of being slighted even after all this time.
* She told me she loved me, we were making such wonderful plans for our future(IG he committed himself completely to her) and then after all, she cares more for what her family and that interferring friend think.*
I think, he would not have been as offended if Anne had hesitated from the start. Now it is as if he has been found wanting in the eyes of the woman he had been foolish enough to trust with his declarations of affection, faithfulnesss and good knows what kind of confidences.
PS What if that awful comment on "so much altered" was meant to imply indifference *Oh, Anne Elliot is here? I met her once but that was a long, long time ago and I have all but forgotten her. Certainly not a person of any particular interest to me.*
While thinking *How different she is from that enchanting young girl whom I loved. She seems cold and determined to avoid me. Well, I can get loads of appreciation elsewhere these days.*