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Written by Cheryl
(10/17/2011 10:46 p.m.)
Anne doesn't buy the fact that Mr. Elliot has no ulterior motive for wishing to be clasped to the family bosom again, and she can only conclude that he has decided to court Elizabeth. What do you think of her conclusion? Is there another alternative that she could fixed upon? This is my favorite bit about her conclusion:
"Elizabeth was certainly very handsome, with well-bred, elegant manners, and her character might never have been penetrated by Mr. Elliot, knowing her but in public, and when very young himself. How her temper and understanding might bear the investigation of his present keener time of life was another concern, and rather a fearful one. Most earnestly did she wish that he might not be too nice, or too observant, if Elizabeth were his object;" (ch. 15)
This just cracks me up. If he likes her, it's only because he hasn't seen her real character, and she hopes he never does - LOL! I also like that Anne can have such catty thoughts - it shows she is not a picture of perfection. Her goodness comes from the fact that she doesn't express them out loud.
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