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|Men deeply in love and rejected do not act rationally...
Written by Jeffrey
(10/11/2011 2:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I believe she did the right thing..., penned by Adele W
Boy, that is a good discussion question. One would like to be a "fly on the wall" to overhear what transpired between Anne and Frederick during their initial break-up. Like many of the details of Miss Austen's novels, she leaves this mostly up to our imaginations.
I find Capt Wentworth's cold civility towards Anne painful to read, don't you?
I personally think the captain's callous treatment is a bit of male bravado and that deep down beneath all of that he still burns a flame for Anne that, while just flickering, refuses to go out. After all, they have just been in each other's company only briefly after a very lengthy estrangement. Each is very cautious/guarded in this re-discovery period.
Part of the unbearable tension set up is the unwillingness or inability for the two lovers to get together and "clear the air." They are laboring under misconceptions about each other. And, perhaps the manners for that period prevented both Anne and Frederick from meeting alone or for either from showing any romantic interest at all in each other since F. seems to have already dangerouosly over-stretched showing interest in both the sisters Musgrove.
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