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|Things are not getting better for Anne
Written by Kathryn Ann
(10/16/2008 11:43 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, (1) Lady Russell was right; (2) Bring on the Anne/Benwick romance, penned by Tom P2
Anne had often been to Uppercross, per chapter 5: "Here Anne had often been staying. She knew the ways of Uppercross as well as those of Kellynch." So I don't see this as NEW progress. I agree with your original post that Anne was marginalized at Kellynch, but I imagine that her involvement with the Uppercross party is as it always was, and not particularly different during this visit, EXCEPT FOR the addition of the Crofts and Wentworth. And I can't see that the addition of the Crofts and Wentworth to the Uppercross party has improved Anne's spirits at all. Quite the opposite.
I just don't see that things are getting better and better for Anne at all.
Lyme does seem to give Anne the opportunity, at last, to interact with someone in a new way. She does take the initiative with Benwick ("a very good impulse of her nature obliged her to begin an acquaintance with him"), and she appears, as you say, to become "of primary value to someone." Doesn't Anne's opportunity to do this, though, come because most of her companions continue to marginalize her? Is Anne left with Benwick because "his spirits certainly did not seem fit for the mirth of the party in general" and while Wentworth and Harwick entertained the group with annecdotes, "it fell to Anne's lot to be placed rather apart with Captain Benwick."?
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