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|Is Anne too fastidious?
Written by Nikki N
(10/20/2011 12:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Proper pride vs. self-respect, penned by Erica M.
In chap 4, we're told that after breaking off with FW, no second attachment had been possible because she had met nobody that could suit "the nice tone of her mind, the fastidiousness of her taste, in the small limits of the society around them."
Charles Musgorve was good-natured and agreeable, but he cared only for sports. She got along well with Capt Benswick at Lyme, because they could discuss literature.
The word "fastidious" was used by Mr Elliot to Anne herself when they were discusing Lady Dalrymple. Lady D had a smile and civil answer for everybody, she did not appear to be haughty, but she had no superior talents, so Anne felt that she and her daughter Miss Carteret, who was so "plain and awkward" "were nothing."
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