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|Anne is modest
Written by LeeAnne
(10/27/2008 8:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A heart returning to her, penned by Cheryl
but I don't see her as being generally beaten down by Wentworth or really anyone else. Wentworth loved her in the year 06, and at that time thought her wonderful. Anne also had a mother's love for her childhood, and a mother-type figure in Lady Russell, who valued and respected her. Anne was also solicited twice in marriage and was a highly welcomed guest in Upper Cross. Anne is naturally quiet, and saddened by some circumstances, and I believe, humiliated by CW's initial treatment of her, but I don't think there was anything wrong with Anne's ego (in the positive sense). We also see a gradual thawing of CW's behavior towards her. First he is terribly cold,
"I beg your pardon, madam, this is your seat";
then he behaves more courteously, in asking the Crofts to take Anne home in their carriage, then in Lyme, showing deference for her judgment, then when she's back home, making a point to bring her news of Louisa. Again, IMO, it was clear to Anne that he was warming up. Her fearing that they were to have a perpetual estrangement did not last long, I believe. Whether she ever thought or even really hoped before chapter 20 that they would end up together is unclear to me, but I don't have any problem with her accepting his love when it is finally evident.
I too like the image of purification and perfume--sort of like an anti-dementor, spreading happiness instead of taking it away :) Ooo, that might be a fun topic for Austenuations, who acts like a dementor?
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