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|Did Mr. Elliot propose?
Written by Cheryl
(10/24/2011 9:43 p.m.)
"The name of Anne Elliot," said he, "has long had an interesting sound to me. Very long has it possessed a charm over my fancy; and, if I dared, I would breathe my wishes that the name might never change."
Such, she believed, were his words; but scarcely had she received their sound, than her attention was caught by other sounds immediately behind her, which rendered everything else trivial. Her father and Lady Dalrymple were speaking.
"A well-looking man," said Sir Walter, "a very well-looking man."
"A very fine young man indeed!" said Lady Dalrymple. "More air than one often sees in Bath. Irish, I dare say." (ch. 20)
Did Mr. Elliot just propose to Anne before the concert? Anne hardly knows for she is too occupied listening to the people behind her talking about that fine, well-looking young man! One almost feels sorry for him, he has so completely lost her attention.
What do you think? Is he serious? If she'd been paying attention and asked him to explain himself, would he have seriously proposed right then? Or was he just teasing her?
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