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|Ch.13: Plumpness vs. thinness
Written by Line
(10/20/2008 7:36 p.m.)
In ch.1, we were told that Sir Walter considered Anne "faded and thin", and that in ch.13, she has not only regained some of her "bloom", but that Lady Russell feels she has "improved in plumpness and looks", increased plumpness being part of her improved looks!
In ch.16, "Anne and her father chancing to be alone together, he began to compliment her on her improved looks: he thought her "less thin in her person, in her cheeks".
I don't want to start a debate on who is too thin or too plump nowadays, but these passages are just a reminder that popular ideas of beauty really do change! I've linked a picture from the Portrait Gallery that people believe is the one that JA said looked just like the beautiful Jane (Bennet) Bingley. It's another example that the "right" degree of plumpness was different then than it is now!
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