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Written by Martina
(10/16/2008 10:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Do you really think C. Benwick was an option for Anne?, penned by MarianneR
I always thought Benwick and Anne were about the same age. She states, "He is younger than I am; younger in feeling, if not in fact; younger as a man." Although why she is convinced of this after only hearing CW's story about Benwick's lost love and before she actually meets him, is not clear to me, unless it is simply because he has been suffering for 6 months whereas for her it has been 8 years. Later in the chapter she refers to him as a young man.
I agree with you that they took pleasure in each others' company, especially since Anne finally has met up with someone who enjoys reading and comparing literary descriptions as much as she does. No one else in her family is a lover of books, though I suspect that LR is and that is something they have in common. I wonder if CW reads -- I would like to think he does and that is one of the things that brought them together all those years ago.
As for Benwick as an option for Anne, I don't think so. She finds him shy and wretchedly depressing. She's sunk in her own melancoly and hardly needs someone who can sink as low as she can. And really, after CW, how can any other man compare!
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