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Written by Nikki N
(10/26/2011 2:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Trips:- Supposing...., penned by Rachel G
Anne finds confidence, ardour, enthusiasm, and wit as alluring -- but she is also attracted to literary-minded and musical people. Fred combines all these qualities -- he is also well-read and musical. Lady R is well-read but not musical. Capt Benwick is well-read (we don't know if he's musical or not), and with gentle manners, Anne gets along well with him, and defends his manners to Admiral Croft "to oppose the too-common idea of spirit and gentleness being incompatible with each other" (chap 18). It seems to me someone like Capt Benwick would appeal to both Anne and Lady R -- "a very, active, zealous officer", well-read, with gentle manners.
Lady R is not inflexible. When Anne was 19, she would not have approved of Charles Musgrove for Anne either, he was not "bookish" enough. But by the time Anne was 22, Lady R would be happy to have Anne accept him. Both Anne and Lady R believed that marriage to "a woman of real understanding" might have greatly improved him, and he might be brought to be interested in books as well as sport, but Anne was not inclined to take him on as a project -- especially when she already had a standard of perfection in her mind!
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