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|I am not inclined to be so severe on Mrs. Smith
Written by Ramya
(10/27/2011 3:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Smith and Mr E, penned by Bridget D
I don't see much difference between her opinion that One hates to be officious, to be giving bad impressions, making mischief. Even the smooth surface of family-union seems worth preserving, though there may be nothing durable beneath and "My dear," was Mrs. Smith's reply, "there was nothing else to be done. I considered your marrying him as certain, though he might not yet have made the offer, and I could no more speak the truth of him, than if he had been your husband. My heart bled for you as I talked of happiness; and yet he is sensible, he is agreeable, and with such a woman as you, it was not absolutely hopeless. to Col. Brandon saying but what could I do? I had no hope of interfering with success; and sometimes I thought your sister's influence might yet reclaim him.
Yes, there is some self-interest to her hiding her knowledge of Mr.E at first, but not everyone can be expected to be completely unselfish at all times! Once she realized that Anne was not inclined to encourage Mr. E's suit, she could affirm her friend's decision as the right one by providing her with more accurate information about his character.
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