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|It puzzles me exceedingly
Written by Diba
(7/1/2013 9:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How frequent is occasionally?, penned by Stephen VI
"How she might have felt had there been no Captain Wentworth in the case, was not worth enquiry; for there was a Captain Wentworth"
I asked the wrong question- because the real doubt in my mind was- as I ask in my reply to Nikki- what would have happened if she had met a man who did have some conversation and grace- and none of the slickness of Mr. Elliot- perhaps not immediately after the break with FW- but after a few years?
As for her regret, I think she has spent a lot of time repressing it, so while she might not feel it actively, it is very much there. Her feelings for Wentworth, whatever the chapter says ('banished into distance and indistinctness') are close to the surface. She starts to suffer almost from the minute she hears the Crofts are to rent Kellynch. Would this be the case had time really worn down much of her attachment?
From Chapter 7-
"She knew herself to be of the first utility to the child; and what was it to her, if Frederick Wentworth were only half a mile distant, making himself agreeable to others?"
But it is something to her; we know this!
Again from Chapter 7-
"Eight years, almost eight years had passed, since all had been given up. How absurd to be resuming the agitation which such an interval had banished into distance and indistinctness! What might not eight years do? Alas! with all her reasonings, she found, that to retentive feelings eight years may be little more than nothing. "
There are two very different things being said here! We can choose to interpret it either way.
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