Written by Bridget D
(12/27/2012 4:00 a.m.)
yes he took some steps to try and weaken Louisa's possible attachment to him. It didn't mean that he necessarily expected soemone else to step in and fall in love iwth L.
I am not sure why you think that Louisa would be jealous of Anne OR of Fanny Harville. Louisa is only 19. SHe is attracted to Frederick, and they might have made a go of it, but he didn't care for her that deeply and when he realised that he still loved Anne, he tried to cool off the relationship with Louisa, which was only a light flirtation on his part and probalby not much more on hers. At 19, L might well experience a few brief attractions to various men and not be that much in love and recover quickly. She grows quieter after her accident and James Benwick is drawn to her and they fall in love. I see no reason why they should not be happy, Anne's musing seems to see them as a reasonably comfortable happy couple.. and I think we can see her as doing duty for hte narrator here.
People do get over love affairs and fall in love again and find happiness in other relationships. JA said in a letter to her niece that she did not beleive that a love disappointment would "kill anyone" and that it was possible to get over being disappointed in love. She also says that if Anne had not lived in such a small neighbourhood, she might well have found a new love before Fred W returned...