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|Agree - and another thought.
Written by Rachel G
(10/28/2008 7:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Two quotes I love about Lady R from Chapter 24, penned by Cathy Allen
In the second of your quotes, Lady Russell is shown to think of Anne as her child. Something I've been mulling over during the GR is that LR, who we know is "capable of strong attachments" and who has "almost a Mother's love" for Anne, appears to have no children of her own. Obviously not all women long for children but it is a powerful biological instinct, and I think the quality of LR's love for Anne and her sisters contains all her maternal urges which were thwarted by lack of children of her own. This makes me think more kindly of LR. I think it also makes sense of her thinking of Anne as being "snatched off" by Wentworth in 1806, and that she seemed to love Elizabeth "rather because she would love her, than because Elizabeth deserved it."
I used to think of LR as rather like Lady Catherine de Bourgh - an interfering woman trying to impose her warped values on our hapless heroine. Now I think of her as a character who's love for Anne is genuine and tinged with the maternal longings of a childless woman.
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