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Written by Cheryl
(10/24/2011 12:17 a.m.)
Donít you just love this first meeting between Anne and Frederick in Bath? It gives me the shivers.
Anne spies Frederick on the street "For a few minutes she saw nothing before her; it was all confusion. She was lost ..."
And then he is in the shop and she has the satisfaction of seeing Frederick similarly discomposed. "He was more obviously struck and confused by the sight of her than she had ever observed before; he looked quite red. For the first time, since their renewed acquaintance, she felt that she was betraying the least sensibility of the two." He is obviously rattled. Captain Wentworth was "...not comfortable, not easy, not able to feign that he was. (ch. 19)
And then follows some actual conversation between the two of them Ė more than just the "common civilities" which was all they shared at Uppercross, though it is an uneasy conversation. They are both feeling almost too much.
After she leaves with Mr. Elliot - the self-same man who admired her so at Lyme! - his companions have much to say about the supposed attachment between the two, and how "very pretty" Anne is. Oh, how Frederick must be suffering! But it is good for him. You know it is.
And Anne? "She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! alas! she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet." She, too, is suffering.
Oh, the tension! The drama! It's delicious! ;-)
(Image: Milsom Street)
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