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Written by Meg H
(1/27/2004 5:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, my vote goes to a combination of 2. and 3., penned by Katharina
] Nevertheless I'm quite sure LC's stomped every attempt by her daughter to excell in anything and to meet her mother's expectations. The daughter actually being capable of something the mothers isn't (like piano-playing)? Unthinkable!
I'm not so sure LC would have prevented/criticized Anne out of excelling. I'm sure LC would take any accomplishment by Anne as evidence of her own (LC's) good choices of masters and educators for Anne, and therefore a credit to herself.
"If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient. And so would Anne, if her health had allowed her to apply. I am confident that she would have performed delightfully." (Chapter 31 in the Pemberly novel text, I haven't got my hard copy with me.)
If Anne had attempted to learn and not excelled, I think the teachers would be blamed, because Anne's oodles of inherent talent was unquestionable.
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