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|Avoiding Anne the hard way
Written by Robbin
(10/22/2008 10:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I Think He is Running for the Hills, penned by Tessa
The captain is not at his best in Ch. 8, I agree but if Frederick needed to run away from Anne he could have excused himself without the ceremony. Politeness is supposed to make people comfortable; pointless “studied” politeness does the exact opposite. I did not say he was deliberately cruel but rather petty—there is a decided shade of comeuppance in his attitude towards Anne at this point. I think his "I beg your pardon, madam, this is your seat" is supercilious as well as overly formal. Avoidance, if it was his goal, was not gained by forcing Anne to take his seat when she gave a “decided negative” at the suggestion. To me his manners express an attitude her presence imposed on him and his failing to accept her negative was not polite in the least. The captain is, quite unnecessarily IMHO, putting Anne in her place because he has not forgiven her for breaking their engagement. (;D)
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