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|Chapter Four and Lady Russell
Written by Adele W
(10/3/2011 10:47 p.m.)
I have never liked Lady Russell and have never understood those who sided with her in her interference of Anne and Frederick, but in reading Chapter Four I tried to put myself in her situation.
She "had almost a mother's love, and mother's rights." That's the way I feel about my young cousin, I love her almost as if she were my own daughter. I think about how I would feel if I saw her throwing herself away at such a young age to a man I hardly knew; a man she had known for such a short time; and a man who could offer her nothing materially, with poor prospects of being able to support her, regardless of whether he was "confident that he should soon be rich."
I will begrudgingly admit that I can sort of see why Lady Russell exercised her influence over Anne to prevent the union. She really was trying to take care of Anne and she couldn't have been aware of how strongly they felt for each other.
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