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|plot device or plausible romance?
Written by AmyFlo
(10/27/2011 7:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Benwick & Louisa - a credible romance., penned by Rachel G
Can I co-sign your post, Rachel? You've perfectly said everything I was thinking.
That Benwick was going out with everyone during their visit to Lyme suggests he prefers being around people, even if it's just to listen. He has a great capacity to love, and love deeply.
And I can imagine Louisa, slowly coming out of her fog of headaches to the kind voice of Captain Benwick reading soothing words of comfort. How could she not be intrigued by him and then fall in love?
Sure, it's very convenient that Louisa and Benwick fell in love, but it's not entirely a plot device by Austen. If Wentworth had stuck around, who knows what would have happened? So, by his choosing to remove himself, it led the way for them (Louisa and Benwick) to naturally get to know each other and to fall in love.
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