Motives for not avowing jealousy
Written by Therese
(4/28/2013 1:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I disagree, penned by kathleen (elder)
Sorry for insisting in a closed thread, and sorry for not having quoted before, it would have spared us part of the disagreement I hope.
"Be not alarmed, Madam, on receiving this letter, by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of those sentiments"
This means that he will not confess his love (whether he still has or not) in the letter; idem for the "wishes"; therefore he cannot express any jealousy, I don't see how he could be jealous with neither love nor wanting to marry her.
So, when he writes "another motive", this motive cannot be jealousy.
I confess that I have no proof that the motive is a desire to protect her, I have merely found no other possible motive.