|I have to say
Written by JulieW
(10/24/2008 5:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne is presented to repeat her mothers mistake, penned by Elbč
this is the one time I think Lady Russell really oversteps the mark.
What she says to Anne in Chapter 17 really is emotional blackmail, IMO ; to tempt Anne with her mothers memory and the added attraction of Kellynch being her home.
"Mr. Elliot is an exceedingly agreeable man, and in many respects I think highly of him," said Anne; "but we should not suit."
Lady Russell let this pass, and only said in rejoinder, "I own that to be able to regard you as the future mistress of Kellynch, the future Lady Elliot, to look forward and see you occupying your dear mother's place, succeeding to all her rights, and all her popularity, as well as to all her virtues, would be the highest possible gratification to me. You are your mother's self in countenance and disposition; and if I might be allowed to fancy you such as she was, in situation, and name, and home, presiding and blessing in the same spot, and only superior to her in being more highly valued! My dearest Anne, it would give me more delight than is often felt at my time of life!"...
Lady Russell said not another word, willing to leave the matter to its own operation; and believing that, could Mr. Elliot at that moment with propriety have spoken for himself! -- she believed, in short, what Anne did not believe.
Happily I think we are shown that Anne has moved on, being now mature enough to trust her own judgement. Whatever Lady Russell says to her now might only affect Anne, temporarily , but it wont make her rush to judgement. But Lady Russell clearly hasn't understood this, and its a failing in her character. I confes the firs time I read this passage I thought "Not again!" and my anxiety level regarding Anne's fate was raised!