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Written by Moni
(10/15/2008 8:16 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne v. Wentworth, penned by Deborah Y
This is tricky, because if he subconsciously is in love with her, there would be an associated kind of tenderness for her feelings. What we see instead, is a kind of relentless singling her out for bitter feelings from nearly eight years ago.
How can Anne work out where he is? He is definitely not being clear. Even if it were subconsciously love, it is not what Anne is being shown, by his behaviour. At one point she analyses his behaviour and says the only socially wrong thing he is doing is appearing to court two women at once. This is how it looks to Anne,and this is what everyone is talking about around her.
Had he become hardened by his life on board? Can he not see that his attentions to Louisa are overt, and that his attentions to Henrietta might get him into trouble? In this way, if he loves Anne, how can he practice this kind of duplicity? Interesting to think about.
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