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Written by Nikki N
(4/9/2013 6:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, earlier, penned by Stephanie
I don't think it means "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 ... 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."
I think chap 6 said that except for her mother and Frederick, there was nobody who had real taste and understood and appreciated music as she did --
"She played a great deal better than either of the Miss Musgroves; but having no voice, no knowledge of the harp, and no fond parents to sit by and fancy themselves delighted, her performance was little thought of, only out of civility, or to refresh the others, as she was well aware. She knew that when she played she was giving pleasure only to herself; but this was no new sensation. Excepting one short period of her life, she had never, since the age of fourteen, never since the loss of her dear mother, known the happiness of being listened to, or encouraged by any just appreciation or real taste."
It does NOT say that she did not want to dance with anybody else other than Frederick -- but that that only her mother and Frederick had "real taste" for music, and accomplished, musical Anne understood when she was praised with real taste and when she was complimented only of civility by people with no real knowledge of music.
When Anne "played country dances to them by the hour together: a kindness which always recommended her musical powers to the notice of Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove more than any thing else, and often drew this compliment -- "Well done, Miss Anne! very well done indeed! Lord bless me! how those little fingers of yours fly about!"'
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