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Written by Diba
(5/30/2013 11:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Smith, penned by bridget D
I suppose that does make her a bit selfish. Perhaps she suffered a lot in her younger years- because of her naivete- and has become very practical now. That of course does not justify the secrecy- and it does cast serious doubts on her as a suitable friend for Anne.
On the other points- I don't like WWE, so don't think I am justifying him- but I do ask- just how uncommon is his ‘badness’? Without straying too far from Austen territory- if you look at men in today's dating and marriage circles- they are many who are just as bad. WWE lies skillfully, he lives off a friend's money (and does not feel guilty about it), and refuses to help a friend in reduced circumstances. These qualities, while despicable, are quite common- and do not necessarily make a man ‘undesirable’- from a worldly point of view (for a mercenary woman).
Your point if, of course, still valid- Anne is a good woman- and she would not want such a man. Her friend should know this- but she knew Anne when she was 14. She was, I think, a little too young to be speaking of marriage. At best, Mrs. S made an error of judgment. At worst, she is selfish.
On the selfish part- Anne is an excellent judge of character- would she not have seen this in her friend and noted it- in one of her internal monologues?
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