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Re: Another perspective on Persuasion

August 02, 2019 01:52PM
I don't see it as being hurtful in honesty, but it is still a very confusing line of thought. I copy here the whole paragraph:


"I have been thinking over the past, and trying impartially to judge of the right and wrong, I mean with regard to myself; and I must believe that I was right, much as I suffered from it, that I was perfectly right in being guided by the friend whom you will love better than you do now. To me, she was in place of a parent. Do not mistake me, however. I am not saying that she did not err in her advice. It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides; and for myself, I certainly never should, in any circumstance of tolerable similarity, give such advice. But I mean that I was right in submitting to her, and that if I had done otherwise, I should have suffered more in continuing the engagement than I did even in giving it up, because I should have suffered in my conscience. I have now, as far as such a sentiment is allowable in human nature, nothing to reproach myself with; and, if I mistake not, a strong sense of duty is no bad part of a woman's portion."

She basically says that she was right listening to Lady Russell's advice - although she can't decidedly say whether the advice itself was right or wrong, and that only subsequent events decided its worth. She would not give the same advice to someone else; and yet, it would have been a burden on her conscience had she not listened to it.
It seems to be a strange thing to say that one ought to listen to advice that is uncertain to be right because it was said by a parental figure... or am I mistaking Anne's line of thought? Perhaps she is still omitting her most convincing argument, that it was for Frederick's sake that she renounced him. Is this why she refers to her sense of duty?
In any event, it's not that she doesn't regret jilting him (and remember, she did not say she doesn't intend to marry him, only that they ought not to make a formal commitment at the time - it was Wentworth who stormed out angrily and interpreted it as a rejection of himself).

Also, I think that if someone was truly to blame, it was Captain Wentworth later on, when he stayed away from her because of his stubborn pride, in 1808. At that point, he had proved himself enough that the objection of Lady R. cold have been overruled, and Anne would have eagerly welcomed him.

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