Posted by Caroline on August 27, 1997 at 22:35:31:
In reply to Question on introductions... posted by Traci on August 26, 1997 at 11:14:50
] When Captain Wentworth encournters Anne Elliott in the tea shop, they are interrupted by Mr. Elliot. Nobody bothers to introduce Mr. Elliot to Captain Wentworth or vice versa. I know that it wasn't Anne's place to do this, but wasn't it Mr. Elliot's? Or am I nitpicking?
As far as I can see, Anne is the only one who can make the introductions! Capt.Wentworth only knows Mr Elliot as the man who eyed Anne up on the beach, and afterwards got into a coach labelled "Mr Elliott's". Mr Elliott does not know the Captain at all. Of course, they both probably realise who the other is, but unless there had been some acquaintance before, neither is in a position to introduce Anne to the other, or the other to Anne.
Only Anne can do it, and she's too tongue-tied to make it happen.
] It simply seemed strange to us that Mr. Elliot comes in and sweeps her off without a word to the Captain. Who dropped the ball here?
Not so much strange as a determination to hustle her away. It is rude, as shown in the film. He could quite easily have helped Anne out by asking for an introduction.But then, so could the Captain! I think it just emphasises the fact that both were vying for her attention.
] Many thanks for any help you can provide.
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