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Written by Nikki N
(10/20/2011 8:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In spite of their differences regarding Mr. Elliot...., penned by jeffrey
I think even years ago, Lady R would have approved. Early in chapter 2, Lady R was described as "a benevolent, charitable, good woman". A benevolent, charitable lady would have visited the poor and the sick, even if she was a bit of a snob -- re Emma who visited the poor cottagers, while at the same time being haughty and refusing to speak to the Martins, a family of yeoman farmers who did not need her help, and condescending to the Coles who were rich but of low origin, in trade.
In chap 17, the narrator says that Lady Russell "entered thoroughly into [Anne's] sentiments" on the subject of visiting Mrs Smith. "Entered thoruoghly" seems more to me than merely agreeing to consent to Anne's wishes.
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