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|Ch. 7 - Whose perspective is it, anyway?
Written by JoAnn
(10/15/2008 1:35 a.m.)
Frederick Wentworth had used such words, or something like them, but without an idea that they would be carried round to her. He had thought her wretchedly altered, and in the first moment of appeal, had spoken as he felt. He had not forgiven Anne Elliot. She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse, she had shewn a feebleness of character in doing so, which his own decided, confident temper could not endure. She had given him up to oblige others. It had been the effect of over-persuasion. It had been weakness and timidity.
When I first read this, I thought it was Anne, reflecting on what he must think of her. It wasn't until I got to the next paragraphs, which describe his former attachment to her and his current intention to marry, that I realized that the paragraph above was probably the ON speaking, not Anne. But the transition to being clearly the ON speaking about FW is so subtle, it threw me. It's powerful enough if it's from the ON's voice, but I find it heartbreaking to think of it's being Anne's.
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