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Written by Rachel G
(10/20/2008 5:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, More autumn (long quote), penned by Jean B
I get a sense from this passage, particularly "..could never be looked for again", that Anne is finally coming to accept that her path and Wentworth's lie apart in the future. It is easier for her to do this now that the breathings of friendship and reconciliation replace the pain of Wentworth's coldness when he first returned.
I'd say that only if she can achieve some closure over her relationship with Wentworth will she be in a position to get on with the rest of her life rather than living in the past. We have already seen her somewhat open to other possible futures in her reactions to Benwick and Mr Elliot. If Wentworth is going to marry Louisa then I hope for Anne's sake that she can move on.
I find it interesting to speculate how different her life might have been if she had been more in society rather than being buried at Kellynch for the past eight years. Clearly her previous visit to Bath was too soon after the breakup to be of any use, but would she in time have become more open to a second attachment I wonder, or would she have continued to carry a torch for Wentworth?
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