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|Different comparison, IMHO
Written by Robbin
(10/29/2008 8:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch. 15: Anne’s positive impression of CW’s manners, penned by Kathryn Ann
Mr. Elliot was rational, discreet, polished, but he was not open. There was never any burst of feeling, any warmth of indignation or delight, at the evil or good of others. This, to Anne, was a decided imperfection. Her early impressions were incurable. She prized the frank, the open-hearted, the eager character beyond all others. Warmth and enthusiasm did captivate her still. She felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped. (Ch. 17)
When did Anne ever think Frederick’s manners of cold politeness and ceremonious grace towards her at Uppercross were particularly agreeable? On the contrary, they made her miserable and broke her heart. In Ch. 15, Anne says of Frederick and Mr. Elliot’s manners, “They were not the same, but they were, perhaps, equally good.” meaning the character of their manners are perhaps equally agreeable in company despite being different. IMHO Anne is not referring to Frederick’s cold politeness and ceremonious grace at Uppercross in this comparison but rather to the manners that she describes and prizes in Ch. 17. Per Ch. 17 Frederick has open, frank manners, likely to burst into feeling at any moment while Mr. Eliot is polished and rather reserved—Anne goes on to say she prefers Frederick’s manners—see above. Anne is not clearing Frederick’s poor behavior at Uppercross—Frederick deserved all the bashing he received. (:D)
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