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Written by Kathryn Ann
(10/15/2008 3:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Indeed a mouse, penned by Martina
Martina makes some very strong arguments, and I tend to agree that – regardless of CW’s behavior – Anne presents herself as a rather pathetic creature here. I venture that Wentworth finds her behavior and her spirit “altered” from the Anne he loved and proposed to.
I get the impression that she is acting like the Anne – “only Anne” – that everyone else (except for LR) believes her to be. Not that there isn’t plenty to say about CW’s behavior, but it is almost as if Anne practically ceases to exist. She tries to go unnoticed.
Line indicates that Martina is being severe on upon Anne, but I think Anne deserves the censure at this point. (As does CW, but we’re not talking about him just now!) Must it have been terribly painful for Anne to see CW again after eight years apparently spent pining for him? Yes! Yet, she cannot manage to figure out how to act when he is around, and therefore, I gather, simply stops making any effort at all. I wonder if LR had been there if she would not have pulled Anne aside and told her to stop wallowing in her misery (if LR could indeed notice that Anne was miserable), display her good qualities, and exhibit the politeness and good manners expected of a woman of her station…… Essentially, Anne might need a good SUTH here!
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