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Written by Nikki N
(10/19/2011 12:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I Read This to Mean..., penned by Kathy Lynn386
I think this is another example of JA's brilliant realism. Lady R felt "perpetual provocation" whenever she was in Sir W's house to see "Mrs Clay in such favour, and Anne so overlooked", and it sometiems vexed her even when she was away, but she could not be brooding over it all the time -- she drinks the waters, gets all the new publications, and has a very large acquaintance.
Anne did not allow herself to be vexed at being overlooked by her father and sister -- and while they overlook her, they did not actually chastise her or ill-treat her. Mary in Anne's place would have complained of being ill-used, ignored and neglected.
And if it had been Mary instead of Anne who had been the overlooked younger daughter/sister, would Lady R have wanted to encourage her in her feelings of ill-usage, even if justified? More likely Lady R would have wanted to encourage her to take some other interest e.g. in new publications, in acquaintances, than to be brooding over it all the time.
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