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Written by Cheryl
(10/20/2011 12:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, low company, paltry rooms, foul air, disgusting, penned by Stephanie
That description of Westgate Buildings is Sir Walter's - a not exactly reliable opinion. Westgate Buildings was one of the places the Austen family looked for lodgings when they moved to Bath, so I hardly think it's a slum.
I was never surprised at Lady Russell approving of Anne's visiting Mrs. Smith. She knows Anne is miserable in Bath and, even if she doesn't know the extent to which Mrs. Smith helped Anne while at school, I'd think she'd support anything that might strengthen her ties to or increase her enjoyment of Bath.
And, if nothing else, if we want to attribute less than generous motives to Lady Russell, it's the charitable thing to do, to visit the sick, or a genteel lady fallen on hard times. Noblesse oblige and all that. (though I don't think that of Lady R, myself)
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