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Written by Kathy Lynn386
(10/18/2011 11:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lady Russell easily distracted, penned by Kevin S.
I read this to mean that JA was drawing a comparison of the strength of Lady Russell's anger.
The inferior Mrs. Clay being held in such favor by Anne's relations, while Anne, who is clearly of dear and sparkling character, is dismissed and ignored and even chastized by her father and sister, [is as maddening in like degrees as] [it would be difficult for] a person who had been to Bath and enjoyed every possible cure, comfort and pleasure with new friends, and then must leave Bath and all of it's charms [has "mental space" to be mad]. "They are having too much fun to consider being mad about a single thing."
It seems an odd way to state the idea IMO, but that is how I understood the passage.
It does seem that JA makes it sound like LR is angry but somehow inattentive, which does seem contradictory, but the anger seems to pop out there...
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