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|Ch 23: Too pleasing a blunder? Result of a warm revival?
Written by JanELT
(10/27/2008 8:39 p.m.)
Ch 23: "I was six weeks with Edward," said he, "and saw him happy. I could have no other pleasure. I deserved none. He enquired after you very particularly; asked even if you were personally altered, little suspecting that to my eye you could never alter." Anne smiled, and let it pass. It was too pleasing a blunder for a reproach. It is something for a woman to be assured, in her eight-and-twentieth year, that she has not lost one charm of earlier youth: but the value of such homage was inexpressibly increased to Anne, by comparing it with former words, and feeling it to be the result, not the cause, of a revival of his warm attachment."
(1) Why was it a "pleasing" blunder? Was Anne saying that she had really believed that the story Mary told her ("so altered he should never know her again" etc) was true? And that CW had now changed his tune? Or was she saying it was no big deal? Here was CW flip-flopping. Why wasn't it a big deal?
(2) This is confusing - that CW's new attitude towards her was a result of "a revival of his warm attachment." Was she thinking that because he was back in love with her that his attitude had now changed to be favorable toward her? That when he was upset with her, he rather disliked the way she looked?
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