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Written by Stephanie
(10/30/2011 4:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne's faults & failings. (long), penned by Rachel G
I liked reading your points, but do you mind if I respond to a couple? Although, I will not really address how you and Anne are different, if you do not mind!
First, thinking Anne should have gone out looking for love implies that she had marriage as a goal. I do not think of her as a husband-hunter, and she has comforts and joys in her life, even if she never found anyone who could share in her love of music, or her feelings of use when around her nephews.
Second, you seem to argue that she should not be interested in Frederick enough to follow Navy Lists, and then you say she should force herself to approach him as if her emotions were not strangling the life out of her. Is she to be interested in him or not?
Third, the way Author Austen constantly smiles knowingly at those who display their emotions, feeding them, and being almost proud of them, all the way through the novel, makes me think that Anne's way with Frederick is meant to be something Anne can't help. Do you think she bought the Navy Lists in order to safeguard her heartache? Or do you think that her heartache induced her to buy the Navy Lists? I rather think the latter.
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