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|Anne’s refusal to understand
Written by Amytat
(10/25/2011 6:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, proposal, penned by Stephanie
I get the impression Anne is so agitated by her thoughts about Captain Wentworth that she initially doesn’t have the presence of mind to cope with Mr. Elliot’s meaning and later is primarily concerned about Mr. Elliot in regards to Captain Wentworth’s perception.
“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.”
“How was such jealousy to be quieted? How was the truth to reach him? How, in all the peculiar disadvantages of their respective situations, would he ever learn her real sentiments? It was misery to think of Mr. Elliot's attentions. Their evil was incalculable. “
I hope I’m not getting too much into the area of conjecture here but: I think she may wish to avoid Mr. Elliot in part because she might be forced to deal with his intentions while she’s so distracted and in part because the more time she spends with Mr. Elliot the more risk there is of rumors making their way to Captain Wentworth.
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