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Written by Chandra S
(2/27/2013 10:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne´s Beauty, penned by Sonja K.
When Anne's father criticizes her for having grown "haggard" (Ch. 1) she is bored, lonely, not allowed to be particularly useful in household management or able to occupy her time with anything but books and her piano, and she has no friends but Lady Russell. I can't imagine her having much animation or joy in her face in such depressing circumstances.
When Capt. Wentworth finds her "so altered he wouldn't have known her" (Ch. 7) she is highly anxious and nervous about meeting him again, and has been terribly worried about both him and about Little Charles since the night before.
By Lyme, she has been feeling herself productive and useful for a few weeks in taking care of the child (and cheering the mother), and has spent some weeks in company with the Musgroves who are at least kind to her, if a little obtuse. It is much better than she is treated at home. Then she meets Benwick, and has someone she can meet in animated conversation on a favorite topic, in addition to feeling useful. And she has just finished a very cheerful and pleasant conversation with Henrietta, while walking up the steps and back to town in beautiful weather, with a fresh breeze, by a beautiful seascape.
She was probably smiling for the first time in quite a while.
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