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Written by Nikki N
(10/20/2011 12:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 17: Old vs New clash over Mr. Elliot's merits (LONG), penned by jeffrey
I think Lady R was thinking of affection when she said --
She knew that "everybody" i.e. people in their society would consider it "most suitable" for the heir to marry a daughter of the present baronet, but lady R herself believed it would be "very happy" because of true partnership and affection between them.
Lady R also said --
Lady R thought that Mr E was a man who would love and value Anne as she deserved. She knew that Anne's mother had not been happy in her marriage once she got over her youthful infatuation for Sir W, because Sir W was a conceited, silly man who did not know how to properly value his excellent wife.
And Anne was not unmoved at the thought of becoming Lady Elliot --
So IMO, the contrasts between Anne and Lady R is not so stark. What is really contrasting between them was that Lady R thought that Mr E's character was perfect, while Anne felt that he was too discreet, not sufficiently open, that she still did not really know him --
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