Anne and Mrs S
Written by bridget D
(5/31/2013 1:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Smith and Anne, penned by Diba
Mr Elliott is very bad by JA standards. He has married a girl he didn't love for money.. He treated her unkindly when he got her.. he spoke disresepectfully of teh Elliots who were relatives and had been kind ot him. He encouraged Chalres Smith to over spend and then when he got into debt left him. He refused to hlep a sick widow to tryr and get part of her fortune back.. I think that is pretty nasty.
He also seduced Mrs Clay mainly to stop her from marrying Sir Walt.
I dont see that Anne is naive not to understand that Mrs Smith has this selfish motive. She hasn't seen her for many years, and now when she gets to know her agian, she can see that Mrs S is cheerful and making the best of things, in spite of her poverty and ill health. And Mrs S isn't IMO Naive. She admits she was careless and selfish when she and her husband knew WW.. that she didnt see anyting wrong iwht his marrying for money..and that she has now reformed.
I think it is a badly written bit of the book.. that perhaps JA didn't realise that in NOT speaking up, in positively promoting the marriage, Mrs S looks bad, esp when she has a self interested motive of wanting Mr Elliot to sort out her affairs, if Anne persuades him, or at least of being the friend of a rich lady (as Anne woudl be if she married him).