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Written by Robbin
(10/23/2008 5:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In some ways..., penned by Moni
I agree Moni—you make great points about Frederick’s logic and feelings. I think the explanation he feels justified in marginalizing Anne makes perfect sense of his behavior and attitude at this point. If he did not feel so justified he might have to wonder if perhaps Anne was not as weak-minded for her decision to break their engagement as he “likes” to believe. I realize he did not want to give Anne up but it seems he refused to acknowledge the validity of Lady Russell’s arguments or that Anne still believed in him and he still holds on to these beliefs. The fact he was lucky and courageous and did make his fortune rather quickly only supports his belief Anne “used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse, she had shewn a feebleness of character in doing so.” His success does not though, IMHO, prove Anne was wrong to be persuaded by the dangers as Lady Russell laid them out—had he not been lucky Anne’s decision would have been proven prudent. (;D)
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