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Written by Cheryl
(10/11/2011 2:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Action - and reaction!, penned by Kathryn Ann
Wentworth just exudes purpose and vitality. Compare his actions to Charles Hayter when they are placed in the same position - watching little Walter climbing on poor Anne's back. Hayter scolds him from the comfort of his chair:
"Walter," cried Charles Hayter, "why do you not do as you are bid? Do not you hear your aunt speak? Come to me, Walter; come to cousin Charles."
But not a bit did Walter stir.
What does Captain Wentworth do?
In another moment, however, she found herself in the state of being released from him; some one was taking him from her, though he had bent down her head so much, that his little sturdy hands were unfastened from around her neck, and he was resolutely borne away, before she knew that Captain Wentworth had done it. (ch. 9)
It's a wonderful moment, and Hayter does not come off very well. No wonder Henrietta's head is turned.
We see the same thing in the next chapter:
...Captain Wentworth cleared the hedge in a moment to say something to his sister. The something might be guessed by its effects. ... and Captain Wentworth, without saying a word, turned to her, and quietly obliged her to be assisted into the carriage. (ch. 10)
He sees Anne in distress, as he did with Walter, and moves to alleviate it. These moments don't just show him to be a man of action, it also exposes how very aware of Anne he is. Lovely.
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