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|It must not be, if by anyinterference , it would be prevented
Written by Stephanie
(10/18/2011 11:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not selfish, but biased., penned by Rachel G
Remember that Mrs. Gardiner was cautioning Elizabeth not to give her heart. Anne was already committed, heart and honour, to Frederick, when Lady Russell started interfering.
In Lady Russell's advice, there is no acknowledgement that if Frederick is correct, Anne will be happy. She thinks the engagement a wrong choice, and that it does not deserve success! I am sure if someone asked her flat-out, she would say that Anne deserved to be happy, but the caveat would immediately follow that Anne could not be happy with Capt. Wentworth.
Despite Anne's known inclinations, Lady Russell pushes for residence in Bath. Despite Anne's happiness being at risk, Lady Russell wants the engagement terminated (not postponed, not kept secret, not discussed until all understood one another). Lady Russell seems to have made no effort to know whether or not Capt. Wentworth was of a dangerous character. She saw boldness, heard witticisms, noticed Anne all but lost to his charms, and panicked.
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