Posted by Lynne on January 21, 1998 at 16:21:52:
In response to Let's hear it for Frederick, written by Joyce on January 19, 1998 at 23:36:49
] The "half-agony, half-hope" part had me melting.
The words above and "you pierce my soul" are 2 very good reasons why Frederick deserves the blue ribbon prize for marriage proposals....and I think Frederick isn't afraid to show his vunerability. The other Jane Austen men are a little afraid of their feelings, and hide them under a layer of bravado, or worse, a sense of duty. Think of Darcy and his bungling first proposal....think of Edmund, whose proposal we do not hear, but whose feelings seem only to have transferred from one woman to another....Knightley does better, though he does admit that he "cannot make speeches"...and as for Henry Tilney, there is a sentence about his affection originating in gratitude, and it seems, flattery that Catherine perferred him....plus, Frederick writes out all his thoughts in a letter, a concrete piece of evidence that really links his feelings with Anne. And so beautifully written! No doubt, his first proposal was just as lovely, though without the agony.....I vote Frederick, without a doubt.
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