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Written by Rae
(10/31/2008 11:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wentworth and Walter: Polar Opposites?, penned by JanELT
I was struck by some odd parallels, during this GR. The point that was made early on about how, at the time of the engagement, Wentworth showed every sign of being as spendthrift as Sir Walter, for example. I have thought a lot about how Lady Russell, who probably saw her friend's youthful infatuation which made her Lady Elliot, may have thought she saw this happening over again. In the end, of course, she is proved wrong.
I am also reminded, in the passage where Wentworth could not deny himself the pleasure of taking the precious volume [the Navy List] into his own hands, of Sir Walter and the Baronetage! Here, JA is deliberately counterpointing the meritocratic and worthy Navy List, on which Wentworth has earned his place, with the Baronetage to which Sir Walter belongs by the accident of birth.
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