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Written by Nikki N
(10/27/2011 3:35 a.m.)
Their engagement -- is it rather artificially contrived to clear the way for Fred and Anne – or is it a credible, possibly very sweet, or perhaps slightly bittersweet, romance between them?
Anne’s view of Capt B in chap 18 –
Capt Wentworth’s view of Louisa to Anne in chap 20 –
Capt W’s explanation in chap 23 of his actions after what happened at Lyme –
I wonder -- when FW "instantly" contradicted the view that he was engaged, he could have done so very strongly, and Benwick who was also present, must have realized that his friend regretted entangling himself. It might have aroused some interest and sympathy in him regarding Louisa, and when Louisa was recovering, they were very much thrown together. FW’s “fair means” of leaving Lyme and staying away could have indicated to Louisa that he had no serious interest in her. There came to be mutual sympathy between them, and mutual consolation, Benwick having lost his first love to death, and Louisa losing hers because he was not really interested. Benwick could also feel that the superior Fanny Harville might always remain in his memory, but that there could be none other like her, and that he should rally and console himself with a “very amiable, sweet tempered girl” who had herself been disappointed in her first love.
What do others think -- is the Louisa-Benwick romance credible?
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