"As she spoke, she felt that Captain Wentworth was looking at her; the consciousness of which vexed and embarrassed her, and made her regret that she had said so much, simple as it was."
I've had a marvelous time with this reread, but now it is time to wrap it up. I never want the end to come, lovely though it is, because it's the anticipation and anguish that thrills me. Endings are so...final.
A conversation between Mrs. Musgrove and Mrs. Croft about the preference of a short engagement to a long engagement made me stop and muse for a while. I was engaged to be married for 8-9 months, and it was only that long because we had to graduate from high school before getting married (a stipulation put forth by the judge!) We were an unusual case to say the least. What is your own opinion about the length of an engagement? Had a couple better go ahead and get married once they decide to do so? Or had they better wait and make sure they are financially secure first?
|"Place it before Anne."|
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Reading it this time around made me realize even more that the reason I love this book is largely because of how closely I identify with Anne. I just feel the whole book--feeling overlooked and undervalued, convincing yourself to accept your lot in life and giving in to other people's opinions, not fitting in with the 'norm' and wanting more out of life, etc. Because I feel like that pretty much all the time, I never really know when it's important to stand up for myself. Putting that on paper makes it sound a little silly to my ears, but there it is. Again, I feel like Anne: regretting that I "said so much, simple as it was."
This was my 3rd? 4th? time reading this book, and it never fails to disappoint me. How could it when it makes me feel so understood?
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