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Written by Nikki N
(10/17/2011 8:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne "gets it;" Sir Walter just "doesn't", penned by jeffrey
Anne was ashamed that Sir W and Eliz were so anxious about being acknowledged as cousins by Lady Dalrymand -- chap 16 -- and "was reduced to form a wish which she had never foreseen: a wish that they had more pride"!
I think this shows the difference between proper and improper prdie -- Anne had pride, but hers was proper pride, Sir W and Eliz had improper pride.
Anne spoke to Mr Elliot about it --
and he replied "I am called proud, I know, ... our pride, if investigated, would have the same object, I have no doubt, though the kind may seem a little different ... .. in one point I am sure we must feel alike ... every addition to your father's society, among his equals or superiors, may be of use in diverting his thoughts from those who are beneath him."
He looked, as he spoke, to the seat which Mrs. Clay had been lately occupying: a sufficient explanation ... and though Anne could not believe in their having the same sort of pride, she was pleased with him for not liking Mrs. Clay ... his wishing to promote her father's getting great acquaintance was more than excusable in the view of defeating her.'
Anne really disliked Mrs Clay, didn't she? She was already making plans to live with Lady R should Sir W succumb to Mrs Clay's attractions. Since Anne is a person of excellent judgment, I suppose we are to accept her view of Mrs Clay as an insincere and unworthy person?
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