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|Frederick's contradictions. (ch.7)
Written by Rachel G
(10/10/2011 5:54 p.m.)
What a bundle of contradictions we see in FW's thoughts about Anne and about marriage at the end of chapter 7.
The hurt and disappointment she caused him eight years ago still rankle, and he has not forgiven her. Now he wants to marry any pleasing young woman who comes his way, excepting Anne Elliot. His claim that "her power with him was gone forever" sounds to me like a defensive position he has adopted to protect himself from further hurt, but it might actually be true.
The line "he had no desire of meeting her again" seems to refer to his feelings before the first brief re-encounter at Uppercross, but given that he thought her "wretchedly altered" it does not seem likely that that feeling has changed.
And yet..... In eight years he has never seen a woman whom he thinks her equal (even if he had been at sea for a lot of that time I reckon he would have had plenty of young women trying to catch his interest whenever he was ashore). And when he describes the woman he hopes to meet it is Anne who forms the pattern of his ideal.
So, is he over her? Do his attitudes demonstrate normal male defensiveness and/or arrogance? What is going on?
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