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|A So much novelty and beauty
Written by Robbin
(10/27/2008 11:55 a.m.)
"The last few hours were certainly very painful," replied Anne; "but when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure. One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering, which was by no means the case at Lyme. We were only in anxiety and distress during the last two hours, and previously there had been a great deal of enjoyment. So much novelty and beauty! I have travelled so little, that every fresh place would be interesting to me; but there is real beauty at Lyme; and in short," with a faint blush at some recollections, "altogether my impressions of the place are very agreeable." (Ch. 20)
Anne’s response to Frederick’s worry Louisa’s fall had made Lyme strongly disgusting to her seems to be fraught with reference to their “short period of exquisite felicity” during their engagement followed by the unhappy ending. It is as if Anne is saying the ending of our engagement was horrible but prior to that it was marvelous. In both cases she wants to go back! (;D)
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