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|Lady Elliot's pride
Written by Martina
(10/21/2008 11:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, You're right, Rose, penned by Line
I think the ON is saying that LR would have tried to encourage Anne to accept Charles because she wants to see her married and happy rather than turn into a spinster and continue to live with her dysfunctional family. If she had been asked for advice by Anne, LR would have spoken of Charles's good qualities. But Anne refused Charles without consulting LR.
Charles wasn't what LR considered the best match for Anne, LR was still hoping for something better for Anne (a man with talents and independence), but given Anne's advancing age (now 22!) and her state of depression after CW left, LR would have happily promoted Charles if Anne showed any indication of being inclined towards him.
IMHO, LR shows a streak of pride in the later chapters as well. CW on his return, is everything she had earlier wanted for Anne, but LR is too proud to admit this to herself or to Anne. Hence that angry perverted pleasure that CW did not pursue Anne again and is now interested in Louisa, a pretty face only, with none of Anne's virtues.
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