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Written by Kathryn Ann
(10/31/2011 12:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another contrast within Persuasion, penned by Debra Mc
As others have said during this group read - the lack of love for Anne even within her own family is just sad. It particularly struck me as Anne feels keenly "her own inferiority" in terms of what family and friends she brings to the marriage when she contemplates what she gains by marrying Wentworth - his loving family and friends:
Anne ... had no other alloy to the happiness of her prospects than what arose from the consciousness of having no relations to bestow on him which a man of sense could value. There she felt her own inferiority keenly. The disproportion in their fortune was nothing: it did not give her a moment's regret; but to have no family to receive and estimate him properly, nothing of respectability, of harmony, of good-will to offer in return for all the worth and all the prompt welcome which met her in his brothers and sisters, was a source of as lively pain as her mind could well be sensible of under circumstances of otherwise strong felicity. She had but two friends in the world to add to his list, Lady Russell and Mrs. Smith.
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