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|Anne's generous heart
Written by Kevin S.
(10/3/2011 4:46 p.m.)
This passage leaped off the page at me. It exemplifies Anne's virtues and strength character, even in the midst of people who demean or ignore her:
She played a great deal better than either of the Miss Musgroves; but having no voice, no knowledge of the harp, and no fond parents to sit by and fancy themselves delighted, her performance was little thought of, only out of civility, or to refresh the others, as she was well aware. She knew that when she played she was giving pleasure only to herself; but this was no new sensation. Excepting one short period of her life, she had never, since the age of fourteen, never since the loss of her dear mother, known the happiness of being listened to, or encouraged by any just appreciation or real taste. In music she had been always used to feel alone in the world; and Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove's fond partiality for their own daughters' performance, and total indifference to any other person's, gave her much more pleasure for their sakes, than mortification for her own.
Though, no one appreciates her musical abilities, and even takes them for granted, she still has a generous enough heart to feel happiness for the Miss Musgroves when their abilities are praised. A lesser person would begrudge them.
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