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Written by Moni
(11/2/2008 1:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, After all those years with Lady Elliot whom Anne favored..., penned by JanELT
What astonishes me is that Elizabeth is his favourite, ersatz wife according to some things I have read, because she is the most like him. Then I wondered what this says about his dislike of Anne, and yet Anne was the most like his wife.
Is he angry with his wife because of the stillborn son? Would he have seen her as not fulfilling her obligations, in delivering him a healthy son and heir?
If he denies Anne's importance, perhaps she is a reminder of his wife? I don't know. Is this an inability to deal with grief, here, due to his lack of maturity? And does Anne pay the price for it, being in his eyes like her mother?
Lady Russell even sees Anne as the picture of her mother, and even wants her to marry into the same kind of status scenario. She wants her to take her mother's place. If she had, if the truth was not known, she might have ended up utterly miserable and perhaps emulating her mother's fate too eerily.
I think it would've been extremely important for Mr Elliot to have a son, and we could wonder what would happen if she did not deliver this. This is a most complex novel, even when I think I've got it, there is more to it. It's incredibly intricate and interwoven!
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