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Written by JulieW
(10/16/2008 4:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Cruel, penned by Rae
I think you have not quite got this bit aright,Rae. Anne Elliot does reply to wentworth. He has begun the conversation and note he does not say the normal "Good morning,How do you do ?" commonplace pleasantries....He blurts out that he has only come to see the Miss Musgroves. Again he is setting the tone. Anne actually answers that outburst quite well considering,IMO :
The surprise of finding himself almost alone with Anne Elliot, deprived his manners of their usual composure: he started, and could only say, "I thought the Miss Musgroves had been here: Mrs. Musgrove told me I should find them here," before he walked to the window to recollect himself, and feel how he ought to behave.
I agree they are both rattled : but he again sets the tone,telling Anne he had only come to see Louisa and Henrietta and walks off to look out of the window,presumably now having his back to her. Anne says no more, but you know I consider its hard to address an unfriendly back. His body language is adding to his exclusion of Anne, indicating he really does not want to enter into conversation with her... I think by now she could have easily discerned that.
I think what pains me is that he never ever takes the trouble to find out why she is now considered to be the spinster aunt, the helpmeet of the family at its beck and call. He is told that she does not dance anymore( translation= confirmed spinster) but he never enquires why.......
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