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|Good point about the enormity of the coincidence.
Written by Amytat
(10/29/2011 2:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Smith's reticence, penned by Kathryn Ann
As Iíve been thinking about this post it strikes me that this whole incident isnít really integrated with the rest of the book. As you say it never comes up that they know each other (except for the little thing about Mr. Elliot having heard of Anne) and afterward it kind of getís put on the back burner while more interesting things are happening. I would assume Anne eventually told Lady Russell the story and that contributes to her ďpain in understanding and relinquishing Mr. ElliotĒ and we learn that Fredrick helped Mrs. Smith recover her husbandís property in the West Indies. But, would anything have changed if Anne didnít get this info about Mr. Elliot? He still would have gone away for a few days, Mrs. Musgrove and party would have come, Fredrick would have written his letter. It confirms that Anne was right not to trust Mr. Elliot but IMO it doesnít really advance the story.
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