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|A second proposal to the same woman?
Written by Martina
(10/14/2008 11:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I am not denying that he behaves badly..., penned by Rae
"A man who has once been refused! How could I ever be foolish enough to expect a renewal of his love? Is there one among the sex, who does not protest against such a weakness as a second proposal to the same woman! There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings!"
It is not entirely clear to me just what it was in that era that made pursuing a woman who had once rejected you so difficult for a man. There must be something in it though, because Anne has absolutely no expectations in all the scenes at Uppercross, that he might still be interested in her. And from his behaviour, I think it was perfectly expected by both parties that he should not.
I'm also struck in all the scenes at Uppercross how she takes absolutely no steps in even trying to be noticed by him. Here he is this handsome and dashing sea captain that everyone is swooning over and she acts like a little mouse and barely looks at him any time they are in the same room together. It makes me cringe!! I can't say I blame him in not being impressed by how much she is "altered." My own suspicion is that he finds her altered in both looks (a little less than everyone else supposes though) but mostly in behaviour. She would have been a little more like the lively Miss Musgroves when he first met her...
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