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Written by BarbaraB
(10/10/2011 6:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Poking fun at the dead and "persons of size" in Ch 8, penned by jeffrey
A little bit earlier in chapter 8:
"...she [Anne] was roused by a whisper of Mrs. Musgrove's, who, overcome by fond regrets, could not help saying, 'Ah! Miss Anne, if it had pleased Heaven to spare my poor son, I dare say he would have been just such another by this time.' Anne suppressed a smile, and listened kindly while Mrs. Musgrove relieved her heart a little more;..."
I agree there is a definite likemindedness---they both see the absurdity in each of Mrs. Musgrove's repinings but are each too kind to even think of hurting her feelings and thus react with kindness in the situation.
I do believe, though, that Captain Wentworth is not having a hard time keeping himself under control: "...in another moment he was perfectly collected and serious;..." I think he had that momentary reaction of "self-amusement" which only Anne could detect and thereafter was able to administer to Mrs. Musgrove with sincere sympathy.
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