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Written by Stephanie
(4/8/2013 11:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, just the opposite, in my opinion, penned by Cathy Allen
I can not agree, since Anne's eyes filling with tears does not happen until Capt. Wentworth returns, finds her wretchedly altered, and is elated by the admiration of all the other young ladies in the room.
Revisit ch. 6, when we also see Anne performing at dances:
The [...] evenings ended, occasionally, in an unpremeditated little ball [...] and Anne, very much preferring the office of musician to a more active post, played country dances to them by the hour together [...]
You may treat being a "wallflower" differently than Anne Elliot, who has found no one to be a suitable partner, compared to who she danced with the one time in her life, after her mother's death, that she was happy. That Anne -- pleasant, gentle, single, a baronet's daughter, -- would be sought by others, including her current brother-in-law (whom she is still on good terms with), is acknowledged by the text.
I think she chooses to sit out the dances, to be a 'wallflower,' as you say; that, without Frederick, dancing was not as much to her taste as being allowed to play. She is, again, being given pleasure for the dancers' sake, rather than mortification for her own.
The tears in your quote, I always took to describe that Capt. Wentworth's return and the emotions accompanying it, were difficult for a lady of of strong sensibility and not high spirits, to control.
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