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Written by Louise H
(10/12/2011 8:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Passion, Resentment & Disappointment, penned by Robbin
I have a hard time warming to FW because his resentment is so unjust and unkind. His coldness to Anne after what they had been to each other is all out of proportion to her deserts. Eight years and he's still harboring such a fierce grudge that he won't talk to her beyond what civility requires -- what arrogance! And weakness, as we know that nursing the grudge doesn't make him happy. (I can't remember: in that interesting thread where folks enumerated instances of characters in this book wallowing their emotions -- is FW in there? He ought to be.)
He's not a very attractive man in my view. He has a lot of reforming to do before I see him as a worthy hero. Good thing JA added the little Walter scene and the scene with the Crofts' carriage, to give us some reason to like FW. And -- as Rachel G I think pointed out -- that scene with him being kind to the laughable Mrs. Musgrove. Otherwise I'd be fuming at Anne for caring for him at all.
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