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Written by Moni
(10/17/2008 3:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Modern sensibilities, penned by Robbin
it was interesting to note during the MP GR, a big thing was made out, by Fanny's friends and family, of the fact that she displayed all the right attributes of "indifference", as she inadvertently in doing do, attracted an offer of marriage from HC. (Can't discuss MP here, but the point is relevant.)
So, in theory, this did not really prevent the Captain from making tentative overtures to Anne. Indifference did not exclude a woman from receiving a man's attentions, it seems, in JA's world.
Anne was playing it very safely, publicly, even though her reasons were different. She had to not appear to be encouraging him, and then of course on her mind would be the vexation of an inevitable meeting with Lady Russell and perhaps her father later on. How would that go, based on history?
Anne could not be sure, and the safest thing she could so was absent herself, and she had good reason not to encourage him at this stage, for many complexities existed ;-).
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