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|The downside of the engagement to FW
Written by Louise H
(10/4/2011 3:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I too tend to dislike Lady Russell..., penned by LisaAnne
Anne engaging herself to FW would indeed have been very risky. Many men lost limbs or their lives at sea, and very few became rich. Think of Fanny Price's mother, who married a marine lieutenant (though, admittedly, Lt. Price was a little lowlier than FW). Anne could have been left raising many children on very little money, as a widow or with a disabled husband. Or he could have been lost at sea while they were still engaged.
And FW's overconfidence would alarm me if I were in the position of Anne's mother.
Why couldn't FW wait until he had earned the fortune he was so sure of and then proposed to Anne? Why ask Anne to take such a risk?
I find it hard to blame Lady Russell.
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