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|What would Anne think?
Written by Robbin
(10/4/2011 1:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I thought that too..., penned by Adele W
Could dear Anne fall in love with a man who made Lady Russell the object of his wit? Remember she is Anne’s only friend and she has “almost a mother's love, and mother's rights” (4) for our heroine. I think not if you mean wit as in he made her an object of ridicule.
I am thinking along the same lines as Cheryl.
Perhaps Lady Russell generally deplored wit because it can be superficial and misleading. It could be “disguise of every sort” (P&P, 34) is her abhorrence. I think she sees Frederick’s wit as aggrandizing mere boasts. His predictions of future success have not material substance:
“a young man, who had nothing but himself to recommend him, and no hopes of attaining affluence but in the chances of a most uncertain profession, and no connexions to secure even his farther rise in that profession…” (4)
I think Lady Russell is a straight talking gal for whom Frederick’s powerful confidence in himself and his future is an impudent empty threat. (:D)
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