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Written by Ramya
(10/12/2011 8:05 a.m.)
I LOVE the Crofts- they are one of the most believable happily married couples in all of literature. They seem to have a perfect partnership. Anne says of them: With the exception, perhaps, of Admiral and Mrs. Croft, who seemed particularly attached and happy, (Anne could allow no other exception even among the married couples), there could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved. Ch. 8 Aww...
Mrs. Croft is an active participant even in business, and she accompanies her husband when meeting with Mr. Shepherd and asks intelligent questions. "And a very well-spoken, genteel, shrewd lady, she seemed to be," continued he; "asked more questions about the house, and terms, and taxes, than the Admiral himself, and seemed more conversant with business Ch. 3
They are so cute in doing everything together. Mrs. Croft accompanied her husband in so many voyages (even when they were at war??) The only time that I ever really suffered in body or mind, the only time that I ever fancied myself unwell, or had any ideas of danger, was the winter that I passed by myself at Deal, when the Admiral (Captain Croft then) was in the North Seas. Ch. 8
Even on land, they are inseparable. the Admiral and Mrs. Croft were generally out of doors together, interesting themselves in their new possessions, their grass, and their sheep, and dawdling about in a way not endurable to a third person, or driving out in a gig, lately added to their establishment. Ch. 9
Anne believes that their driving style is a good indicative of how they managed their life. But by coolly giving the reins a better direction herself, they happily passed the danger; and by once afterwards judiciously putting out her hand, they neither fell into a rut, nor ran foul of a dung-cart; and Anne, with some amusement at their style of driving, which she imagined no bad representation of the general guidance of their affairs, found herself safely deposited by them at the cottage. Ch. 10
On first glance, it appears that the Admiral may not be his wife's equal in intricacy of character. In talking of the rapidity with which they had become engaged, Mrs. Croft says: "I had known you by character, however, long before", while the Admiral is focused on looks "Well, and I had heard of you as a very pretty girl, and what were we to wait for besides?". ;-) Besides, Mrs. Croft's manner of talking of the Musgrove girls leads Anne to believe that Mrs. Croft, with her keener power might not consider either of them as quite worthy of her brother when compared to the Admiral. However, the way the Admiral describes the Musgrove girls is telling: And very nice young ladies they both are; I hardly know one from the other. Ch.10 I believe the Admiral has put his finger on the key point: they may be nice girls, but there is nothing unique about them.
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