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|Frederick is close-minded about Anne
Written by Robbin
(10/31/2011 2:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An attempt at clarification., penned by Rachel G
I have a difficulty viewing Anne as the person who should reestablish communication with Frederick. He left the country spoiling eight years previously and he returned in practically the same humor. It would have been highly inappropriate of Anne to try to talk him up then and the situation (their emotions) does not seem that much different to me when he returns. If Frederick had said one kind word to let Anne know that he was no longer angry and resentful I think she would have been able to do her fair share of talking. Instead he was cold and formal because he was still angry and resentful. I don't know why this is a bridge Anne needs to span or should be expected to:
1. Frederick made it clear he did not want to converse with Anne. He was cold and formal in his manner towards her, particularly in Ch. 8.
2. Frederick purposely paid attention to other ladies rather than Anne. His choice of female companionship was clear.
3. Frederick paid so much attention to Louisa people thought they were engaged.
In Bath Anne began encouraging Frederick because his attitude towards her had clearly changed and he was also free of other entanglements:
1. Frederick spoke kindly of her and to her in Ch. 12.
2. Frederick ensured she received news of Lyme at Kellynch lodge in Ch. 13.
3. Anne learned he was not engaged to Louisa or mourning her loss to Benwick.
Before Louisa’s fall I do not think if Anne mastered her emotions and pursued polite conversation with Frederick he would understand her feelings for him have not changed. After the fall Frederick’s wrong-headed opinion of Anne is drop-kicked from his brain and he is finally able to see Anne as she is rather than the weak feeble character he decided she was in the year 06. I think Anne correctly concluded from Frederick’s manner that he had no desire to reestablish anything other than the most distant acquaintance. I do not know why Anne would try to establish more because when she is near him in Ch. 8 his cold speech and formal courtesy only adds to the pain she already feels. (:D)
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